Sunday, February 19, 2012
Smoking in cars carrying kids to be banned
From Forest Hills Patch:
State Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Forest Hills, and state Assemblyman David Weprin, D-Little Neck, are calling for the state to prohibit smoking in vehicles in which minors are present and fine violators up to $100.
Under the bill, smoking in passenger cars, vans or trucks would be illegal when youths, ages 14 and below, are present.
“It is of upmost importance to protect our children, whose bodies are still developing and who often do not have a voice of their own,” Weprin said.
The legislation would extend the Clean Indoor Act, which was enacted to prevent smoking in city restaurants. In November, smoking was also banned at Long Island Rail Road platforms and stations.