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Oregon Senate Votes to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids

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SALEM, Ore. - Smokers could soon be prohibited from lighting up in a car with children.

The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to make it illegal for adults to smoke in a car with kids. Violators would face a maximum fine of $250 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Proponents say second-hand smoke is harmful to kid's health and minors should not be subjected to health hazards because of their parents' decision to smoke. They say smoke can be trapped inside a vehicle and pool in the back seat where children often sit.
    
Critics say the state should not limit people's liberties or tell parents how to raise their children.

The violation would be a secondary offense, so drivers would only be ticketed if they were pulled over for another reason.

The measure now heads to the Oregon House.

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