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Downstate Lawmaker Wants to Ban Smoking in Cars--With Kids Inside

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As we mark ten years of the state's indoor clean air act, a downstate lawmaker wants to keep the air clean inside your own vehicle. That is, if children are in your car.

Assemblyman David Weprin has introduced a bill making it illegal to smoke in your car when anyone 14 or younger is in the vehicle with you. He says it's the issue of the dangers of secondhand smoke. "Certainly in a confined car, the secondhand smoke is worse, and when you're dealing with children under the age of 14, they're not in a position to speak up for themselves."

To those who think it's another example of New York being a nanny state, Weprin replies, "There have been a number of other laws to protect people in private laws, such as seatbelt use laws, no cell phone use while driving."

Violators face a fine of up to $100.

Among the bill's supporters is Dennis Gabryszak, listed as a multisponsor of the legislation.

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Locations : BuffaloNew York
People : Ban SmokingDavid WeprinDennis Gabryszak
07/22/2013 5:53PM
Downstate Lawmaker Wants to Ban Smoking in Cars--With Kids Inside
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07/23/2013 7:50AM
Too Far
In your Vehicle or your own home is your domain, And you still have rights even if you are a smoker, Which I am not, Lets drop this politically correct BS and get the government out of our lives
07/23/2013 11:42AM
smoking ban
i quit smoking,but it was my choice,not the nanny state.
07/23/2013 11:55AM
Smoking ban in cars
tooooooooooo much government intrusion! I don't smoke. I don't like government telling me that I can't do something or that I must do something.
07/23/2013 1:48PM
Please explain why you should have the "right" to abuse a minor in your own car?
07/24/2013 1:27PM
I know two adults that smoked in there car knowing there children had asthma She was always taken them to the emergency room for breathing problems
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