Massachusetts Lawmakers Want To Outlaw Smoking In Cars With Kids
State Rep. Paul Heroux from Attleboro is working on a bill that would outlaw smoking in cars with kids. It has been dubbed the "Act To Protect Little Lungs". If police see people smoking with kids in the car, they could pull the car over and issue a $100 fine. Police would not be able to search or inspect the car solely because of a smoking violation.
Heroux points out the U.S. Surgeon General's warnings that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke because their bodies and brains are still growing. Secondhand smoke exposure causes acute lower respiratory infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and young children.