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Bill would ban people from smoking while children in the car

Publication Date: 2006-05-04
  • Author:Associated Press
  • Publication:WWL-AM

The bill would prohibit anyone from lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in a vehicle while a child required to be in a booster seat or car seat is riding along -- a child up to 60 pounds, or up to about eight years old.

The House approved the bill in a 66-31 vote.

Representative Gary Smith said he introduced the measure because he wants to prevent health problems that children can have from second hand smoke inhalation. He said children don't get a choice in whose cars they ride.