State Senate considering ban on smoking while in car with kids
State Sen. Ira Silverstein has his way with Senate Bill 2659. Silverstein wants drivers who smoke with kids present in the vehicle to face a fine of up to $100; that’s substantially less than the proposed fine in 2010 of up to $1,500 and up to 30 days behind bars. While cops can’t stop you because of the smoking, they can ticket you if you’re stopped for another offense. The bill goes before the Senate’s Public Health Committee Wednesday. David Kuneman, Midwest Regional Director for The Smoker’s Club, said the proposed ban won’t accomplish anything, especially if adults have the right to subject children to secondhand smoke at home and other places. We hear from Kuneman about what the fine could mean for smokers.