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Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.


Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations. "A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Do you support this bill?

ashley February 17, 2013 at 07:54 PM
What about a ban on smoking on school grounds! People should not be smoking there at all. Example. Baseball games on school field.
Jack Dinsdale February 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM
You can't legislate common sense.....I would like to see children protected from ignorant parents but that is really not a job for government. How about we just mind our own business!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Facebook readers weighed in too: Roxy Castro: it should really be for any age... Sarah Sunshine: Are they going to tell people that they can't smoke in their houses next? Wendy O'Connell Robertson: So sad that we need legislation for something that should be common sense. Common sense should tell you not to smoke in a car with kids of any age! Rebekah Barker-Somma: Nanny state Stephen Hall: I'm a smoker; I don't smoke in the car if the other people in the car ask me not to, and I absolutely don't smoke in a car with kids. Hell, if I'm outside smoking and kids walk by, I hold the cigarette up and wait for them to go by so it doesn't drift by them (and perhaps hide it away in my hand so it's not so obvious). However, I feel that legislating these sorts of things is ridiculous, and a waste of time when many other much more important things need to be dealt with. Joanne M. Simpson: They can't enforce texting or talking on the cell phone while driving, how could they possibly enforce this? www.facebook.com/sheltonpatch

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