Ban on Smoking in Cars with Kids Proposed in Illinois

Illinois Rep. Mike Boland has introduced legislation to prohibit smoking in cars when children are passengers, the Associated Press reported March 8.

The measure calls for fines of up to $1,500 and up to a month in jail for drivers caught smoking while driving with passengers ages 8 or younger. Boland said he was moved to introduce the bill when he walked past a smoke-filled car. “I saw some little heads in their little car seats and thought 'Gee, that's really awful,”' he said.

Such bans are already in place in Arkansas and Louisiana, and California, Massachusetts, Arizona, and other states are currently considering similar measures.

Boland said that police and judges would likely not impose the high fines and jail terms in most cases, opting instead to issue warnings or smaller fines. He said age 8 would be an appropriate cutoff since the law already requires children 8 and under to be in car seats, making offenders easier to spot. 

4 Responses to Ban on Smoking in Cars with Kids Proposed in Illinois

  1. MickeySue | December 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Why not make it no smoking in a car with a minor. It is not like they have control on what adults do to harm their lungs.

  2. KrisI | January 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    There is nothing worse than an arbitrary law. If second hand smoke is bad for an 8 year old it is bad for a 9 year old, isn’t it? And a 9 year old has no more ability to get out of the situation as the 8 year old. If you are going to make this a law then the age should be at least 17.

  3. Laura | February 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I look at it like this when these people buy my personal stuff or pay for my personal use of anything I (key would I) pay for then they can tell me what i can or can’t do.

  4. Billy Scott | March 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I have been talking about some kind of law just like this for years!!!! We ban smoking in bars where adults can choose whether to be there or not because second hand smoke is so harmful. yet it’s ok to expose children to it because they are in a car?! it should cover any minors.

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