Maharath Gives Testimony on Bill to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids
April 10, 2019
Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D–Columbus) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 78, legislation aimed at protecting small children from the hazards of secondhand smoke. The bill would prohibit smoking in cars when a child under the age of six is a passenger.
“Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory infections, asthma, slowed lung growth and other respiratory symptoms,” said Senator Maharath. “Exposing passengers, both children and adults, to secondhand smoke in the confined space of a car is extremely dangerous.”
Senate Bill 78 proposes a $500 fine for the first violation of the law. A second violation would result in a $500 fine and all subsequent violations would result in a $250 fine.
“It is vitally important that we are working to protect the health and future of our children,” said Senator Maharath. “We know the hazards of secondhand smoke. We know how costly the health effects of secondhand smoke are to everyone, especially children. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this important legislation passed.”