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Smoking In A Car With A Child Becomes Illegal On New Year’s Day

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I’ve seen many smokers who go out of their way to be sure not to offend others by their smoke. I don’t want to paint a picture with a wide brush. However, it is pretty frustrating to see a child in the back seat of a vehicle while an adult puffs away in the front. And starting tomorrow (January 1, 2014), it is going to become illegal.

Well, it’ll be illegal in the state of Oregon anyway. The smoker faces a fine of $250 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent ones. And an officer will have to cite another violation like speeding or failure to signal before they can site them for smoking in a car with a child.

According to linkprosperity.com, Rep. Jim Thompson, R-Dallas, said the state is right to protect chlldren from second-hand smoke in such closed quarters. What do you think? Should it be illegal in all states to smoke in a car with a child?

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