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Oregon Bans Smoking in Cars With Kids

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Where do you stand on this one?  Making it against the law to smoke in a car if a child is inside.

Oregon drivers caught smoking in cars with kids may face up to a $250 fine, under a controversial new state law.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill on Tuesday that prohibits drivers from lighting up if a person under 18 is also in the car. However, a police officer can enforce the ban only if the driver is pulled over for a separate traffic violation. It also covers marijuana and regulated narcotics.

Supporters say secondhand smoke is a health hazard and children shouldn’t be harmed by their parents’ bad decision to smoke, but critics have slammed the state’s decision to regulate what drivers do in their own cars.

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