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Legislators Hold Public Hearing To Ban Smoking In Cars With Minors

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Legislators held a hearing on Monday to get the public's support on banning smoking in cars with minors. If this bill passes into law it will be considered a secondary offense.

This could leave you with a ticket for over $100. But legislators say this is not about punishing anyone but more about education.

Representative Shay Schual-Berke, D-Normandy Park, says second-hand smoking can lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other risks for minors you might not be aware of.

"Children breathe differently than adults, and the particles in the second-hand smoke are very very small and in some cases affect the development of normal lung tissue, which can have a permanent life long effect," she said. 

Legislators also say the majority of the public is behind this issue, including the tobacco industries. Some of the controversy they face is from those who think this bill poses an unreasonable invasion of privacy.

 

 

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