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Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.

Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations. "A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Michelle G February 19, 2013 at 02:11 PM
smoking with children in the car should be banned no matter how old the child is. This puts any child at risk for health issues and then costs the insurance companies more money causing our rate to skyrocket and people want to know why:? Come on people.....think.
Steven Flaig February 19, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I thinking smoking in the car with children is a very bad thing, but it is not the job of federal, state or local governments to allocate resources and time telling people what they can or cannot do while in their own car unless it has to do with preventing accidents. How will a police officer be able to determine the age of a child in a quick glance as a car goes by? How many already strained tax dollars will be wasted on court times for people who fight these tickets? That this is being presented as a way to educate the public about the hazards of second hand smoke is a complete joke. It is impossible to not know the hazzards, your problem is that people who smoke don't care and will not suddenly be forced to care. They will simply continue to smoke with their kids in the car and fight any tickets they get or just pay them. Either way, they will continue to smoke with their kids in the car. Government has far better things to be doing that focus on another useless and ineffective law that will change nothing. The cell phone laws have done nothing to stop people from talking without hands free devices or texting while they drive. I see it every day during my commute even with poilce cars traveling in the traffic. Get over yourselves and start doing the work you were elected to do.
Jason Bagley February 19, 2013 at 02:47 PM
A few comments left on the Stratford Patch Facebook page: Paul Schietinger: "How about the people we send up there start reversing some of the laws that need to be repealed instead of constantly making new laws to make our lives miserable. Common sense should rule the day and not having a police officer wasting his time writing out tickets for insane infractions." Anne K. Mulligan: "As a small child I was constantly carsick on long trips because my parents smoked with the windows closed. Second-hand smoke has been proved to be detrimental to the health of children. I'm all for banning this kind of child abuse." Derek Ropicki: "how bout we concern ourselves with this snow removal that is going by extremly slowly smh" Theresa Vosgerichian: "The police don't have enough nonsense to deal with. If you smoke and have kids under age 6, use common sense. Laws weren't designed to replace that." Bonnie Reynolds: "If people used common sense no one would smoke at all. Protecting children in this manner sounds positive." Dave Fuller: "How is an officer going to know which kids are 6 and under? They should amend the law to remove the specific age, or we'll see a lot if wrongful arrests and more wasted taxpayer funds." http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
Shirley B. Backus February 20, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I have always believed that smoking should not be allowed anywhere for any reason. With all the research that has been done, this belief has been confirmed. We need to make all forms of smoking illegal outright. It has no useful purpose, is bad for everybody, and kills more people than all the wars combined. Let's stop nitpicking where and when folks are allowed to smoke, and put a stop to it all - including so-called medical marijuana!

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