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Alabama may move to ban smoking in cars carrying minors

The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to make it illegal to smoke in a car carrying a child.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 6:54 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2018 7:26 PM

LAMAR COUNTY, Ala. (WTVA) - If you smoke in Alabama in your car with children, it could soon lead to a fine.

Last week the Alabama House of Representatives has voted to make it illegal to smoke in a car carrying a child.

"I really agree with it I smoke myself but I've got five kids of myself," said Vernon resident Raymond Taylor. "It's not healthy to smoke at all."

It's caused health problems for the father.

"It's not only bad for their health," said Mr. Taylor. Eventually, it causes problems later on in life. Like me I'm a smoker I've got COPD.

COPD is a chronic problem in your lungs that causes severe wheezing.

According to a study my Circulation Journal, second-hand smoke could increase a child's risk of heart disease. 

If the bill passes, the fine is $100.

"It ought to be $150, that's what I think. Because nobody needs to smoke around a child, period."

The bill is scheduled to be voted on next in the Alabama Senate. 

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