Ore. House Approves Ban On Smoking In Cars With Kids

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File photo of a person smoking a cigarette. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

File photo of a person smoking a cigarette. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has approved a bill that would make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids.

The House approved the bill in a 43-15 vote on Monday. It now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The bill would prohibit drivers from smoking in cars if a person under 18 is present.

Supporters say the bill will protect children who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Opponents agree that second-hand smoke is dangerous, but say that the state shouldn’t regulate what drivers do in their own cars.

A police officer could enforce the ban only if the driver had been pulled over for separate traffic violation. A maximum fine for the first offense would be $250.

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