Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.


Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations. "A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Do you support this bill?

Jaimie Cura February 27, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Rich Marsh wrote on the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch Facebook page: "With all of the information out there about smoking and 2nd hand smoke dangers you would think that parents would be smart enough to not smoke around their kids. Its pretty unfortunate that we live in a time where the government needs to pass laws that are really just common sense issues. I'd say that this will work about as good as the cell phone bill." Susan Shepard: "Rich Marsh, I think you have hit the point in that there is INFORMATION out there and people do listen. Government doesn't need to pass this law. Anyone with kids who still smokes around them isn't going to listen to this law. It is a waste of time. Who is going to enforce it? The same cops who can't enforce the cell phone laws - not blaming the cops, it is a ridiculous burden to put on them. Law makers need to understand that you can't fix stupid with a law." www.facebook.com/woodmiddpatch


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