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Illinois Considers Banning Smoking While Driving With Kids

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It's something some Illinois lawmakers are working to outlaw.  There is a bill working it's way through the legislature focusing on secondhand smoke that could have drivers paying a hefty fine.  Senator Ira Silverstein from Chicago  introduced the bill and wants to stop drivers from lighting up while behind the wheel when anyone under 18 is riding along. While the fine would be 100 dollars, lawmakers are hoping this measure will help cut back on secondhand smoke.  

"When I see anyone smoking around children I'm thinking, well that's not really healthy for your child," Angela Schmocht said.  "I understand it's their own car, but then again, there's children involved.

Illinois lawmakers trying to crack down on secondhand smoke say it affects children in the worst way.  If drivers are caught, they face a fine of up to one hundred dollars.
"It's very damaging to your lungs and your body and so kids shouldn't be forced to breathe it in a small area like a car," said Vicki Mall.

The question is, how will lawmakers enforce this? They tell us that still needs to be worked out.

"When they go home the child is still going to be exposed so its really hard to say what you can't do in your car," said Schmocht.

We spoke with some smokers who don't agree with this bill, but refused to comment on camera telling us legislators shouldn't be able to tell them where to smoke.  Either way, the point lawmakers are trying to make remains clear: don't smoke around your children.

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