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Senate To Take Up Bill That Bans Smoking In A Car With Minor

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Senate lawmakers are expected to take up legislation this week that would ban smoking in a car when a minor is present.

The bill will go before the Senate Thursday, but comes with a 3-2 recommendation from the Health and Human Services committee to kill the legislation.

The bill would make it a violation to smoke tobacco products in a car when a child under the age of 18 is in the vehicle.

Senator David Watters filed the bill, and says it’s an effort to protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoke in a confined space.

Last year, Vermont became the seventh state to ban smoking in a cars carrying children.

Maine passed a similar law in 2008.

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