Va. Senate approves ban on smoking in vehicle carrying children

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a car with a child inside.

The measure also includes a $100 fine for anyone found guilty. The bill was proposed by Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk), a pediatric neurologist who unsuccessfully pushed for similar legislation in 2011.

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Northam, who is also running for lieutenant governor, said Thursday that the bill will protect children from the ill effects of secondhand smoke and could cut down on health-care costs.

The Senate approved the bill by a 30 to 10 vote. The House version of the bill failed in subcommittee this month. House delegates can now vote on the Senate version of the legislation.

 
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