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Smoking bill being considered in Senate

Published: Thu, February 2, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



Smokers would be banned from lighting up in cars with young children and would face hundreds of dollars in fines if they were caught doing so, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate.

Sen. Charleta Tavares offered Senate Bill 27 to protect youngsters from the effects of secondhand smoke.

“Individuals should have a right to decide when and where to smoke, as long as it does not put others in danger,” Tavares told the Senate’s Highways and Transportation Committee. “An infant or minor who is a passenger in a car is not making the decision to smoke. However, they can potentially suffer significant consequences.”

She added, “When adults do not put children first, we need legislation such as this to penalize those who are willing to put a child’s health in danger.”

Tavares offered sponsor testimony during the first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

SB 27 would prohibit people from smoking in motor vehicles if children younger than age 6 are present.

Those caught smoking with young children in their vehicles would face a $500 fine for a first offense and $750 — $500 plus an additional $250 — for subsequent violations.

Several other states, including Louisiana, California and Maine, have implemented similar bans, Tavares said.


1Photoman(1249 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Lawmakers have become the purveyors of insanity in attempting to live up to their job title. Will this law ask that we turn in those violating the law? Let's see, we're asked to turn in smokers, we're asked to turn in what appears to be a possible DUI, we're asked to report suspicious packages, we're asked to turn in suspected child abuse, animal abuse, suspected drug activity, suspected gang activity and much, much more. Did you ever wonder why so many citizens appear to be paranoid? One phone call from an unknown source can now ruin your life.

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2Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

That's right lawmakers, worry about smokers, but not jobs.
Too bad they don't want to do their job. By the way, why aren't our lawmakers paying into Social Security? There's a law they could make.

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3Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I would turn someone in. Smoking around a child should be considered child abuse.

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4walter_sobchak(2726 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

So smoking cigareetes, a legal product, is now considered a more serious offense than smoking dope? I'm living in a world I don't understand.

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5redeye1(5670 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This bill is nothing more then smoke and mirrors bill. The senator wants people to think that she is doing her job. My bet is , that she is a member of the D party,it doesn't say in the article

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6VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Let's examine, evaluate, and analyze risky and abusive situations.

...Sen. Charleta Tavares says: “When adults do not put children first, we need legislation such as this to penalize those who are willing to put a child’s health in danger.”

So, a pack of cigarettes vs. a loaded handgun or illegal drugs in a household OR in a car ...Which one is more likely to put underage kids into danger when considering health and well being?

Perhaps, the Senater should rummage through every single Ohio Residence & their Vehicles and search for illegal drugs and guns. Which is more capable to produce death, more fatal, or lethal? Then, consider fines and penalties.

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7AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Whats next? Any parent caught feeding their child "fast food" will be arrested for child abuse.

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