Senate passes ban on smoking with kids in car

Senate passes ban on smoking with kids in car

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Senate passes ban on smoking with kids in car

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by Shelly Wilford

WVEC.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 11:13 PM

RICHMOND(AP) -- The Virginia Senate has passed legislation making it illegal for adults to smoke with kids in the car.
 
The vote on Sen. Ralph Northam's bill was 30-10. It now goes to the House of Delegates, which historically is less receptive to such restrictions.
 
The Norfolk Democrat is a pediatric neurologist. He said on the Senate floor Thursday that second-hand smoke can contribute to a variety of health problems in children, including sudden infant death syndrome.
 
Northam's bill would prohibit smoking in a vehicle in the presence of a child under the age of 15. The offense would be charged as a traffic infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

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