smoke-car-childSPRINGFIELD – An Illinois State Senate committee approved a proposal to ban smoking in cars with children present Tuesday.

Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago), the plan’s sponsor, testified at the Senate Public Health Committee before the bill was approved by a 5-2 vote.

“There are very serious health effects associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, especially for minors. This plan is aimed at reducing that exposure,” Silverstein said.

The plan, Senate Bill 2659, creates an up-to $100 fine for any motorist who smokes tobacco, marijuana or any other combustible substance in a car with a person under the age of 18.

Police will not be able to pull over drivers simply because of this offense. Motorcycles and convertibles with their tops down are exempt from the restriction.

Senate Bill 2659 now moves to the entire Senate for a vote.

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