Smoking in Cars With Kids Could Soon Be Illegal in Virginia

March 16, 2016

Smoking cigarettes in a vehicle in the presence of young children may soon be illegal in Virginia.

The Daily Progress reports that the bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make it illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle with children under 8. Violators could be hit with a $100 fine.

The House voted in favor of the bill in February, and the Senate passed it March 3. It’s now in the hands of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

If signed, the law would take effect July 1. McAuliffe has until April 11 to act.

The violation would be a secondary offense, meaning it would affect only drivers already pulled over for other reasons.

Sponsor Del. Todd Pillion cites the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially on developing lungs.

Latest Comments

  • March 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm
    Yogi Polar Berra says:
    If an illegal immigrant in Virginia were smoking in a car with a kid passenger, would that be illegal ?
  • March 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    Sandra says:
    Why is smoking still legal? Is there any other product on the market that is this dangerous and still legal? I am a smoker, long term. I have tried every single method avai... read more
  • March 22, 2016 at 8:53 am
    Ron says:
    UW Supreme, Based on this post, I am assuming you are pro-choice. If not, why do we need the government to protect the unborn, but not living and breathing children who also h... read more
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