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Connecticut lawmaker looks to ban smoking in cars when a child is present

Posted at: 02/19/2013 6:31 AM

There are smoking bans in restaurants, bars and public buildings and now a lawmaker in Connecticut is looking to ban smoking in cars when a child is present.

The bill would make it illegal to light up in a car when a child or children under seven are passengers.

Some parents like the idea saying it will better protect kids but opponents say such a law is an over-reach of government.

Many wonder how it will be enforced. Police say it will be similar to seatbelt laws. If they see a driver smoking and a child inside, that driver could get a warning or a ticket.

A Harvard University study conducted six years ago shows that even with the windows slightly opened, a single cigarette can produce hazardous levels of contaminants.