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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?

Larissa Watt February 17, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Why is it only 6 years and under? Older kids have lungs too..
Starla February 17, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I'm against smoking, but this law like the no cell phone use law sounds to me like it will be unenforceable.
CT. PROPERTY APPRAISERS February 17, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I gave up smoking 26 years ago, but sorry, this is an infringement on a persons privacy and personal freedom. There are more important issues.
mike February 18, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I am not a smoker but this is just absolutely ridiculous! Yes people should have common sense and not smoke in their cars when children are with them, but at some point these laws have to stop. This is just like New York telling people how big of a soft drinks k they can have. Aren't there more important things our elected officials have to worry about?
Larissa Watt February 18, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I completely disagree Ct Prop and Mike.. ..They have laws regarding seatbelts to protect children so why not this? Of course people SHOULD have common sense, but many do not so there has to be laws to protect children from the ignorant and from those who just don't care.. Children cannot choose if they are exposed to smoke or not--My parents didn't smoke but some of my grandparents and aunt did in the car ..it was gross and I hated it..Now I wonder if I have bronchial issues b/c of second hand exposure..just a little fyi from entnet.org: Exposure to ETS decreases lung efficiency and impairs lung function in children of all ages. It increases both the frequency and severity of childhood asthma. Secondhand smoke can aggravate sinusitis, rhinitis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic respiratory problems such as cough and postnasal drip. It also increases the number of children’s colds and sore throats. In children under two, ETS exposure increases the likelihood of bronchitis and pneumonia. In fact, a 1992 study by the Environmental Protection Agency says ETS causes 150,000 – 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections each year in infants and children under 18 months old. These illnesses result in as many as 15,000 hospitalizations. Children of parents who smoke half a pack a day or more are at nearly double the risk of hospitalization for a respiratory illness.

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