IL lawmakers push to make smoking in cars with minors illegal

IL lawmakers push to make smoking in cars with minors illegal

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The American Lung Association said they're supporting a bill that would make it against the law in Illinois to smoke while a minor is in the car.

James Martinez said studies show second hand smoke can kill, and parents need to know that there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.

"It causes sudden infant death syndrome. Increased asthma attacks which can be deadly, middle ear infections which of course, then you have to have surgeries or even lose hearing and it can cause heart disease or cancer as an adult," Martinez said.

It's not the law in Illinois yet, but senate bill 2659 has already been discussed on the floor in Springfield and next week a state committee will take up the matter.

Fourteen other states are considering the law, five states, like Arkansas and Louisiana have already made smoke free cars the law.

Violators of the law could face a $100 fine. However, police will not be able to pull motorists over for smoking while a minor is in the vehicle. That driver would have to be accused of another driving offense.

Smokers and non-smokers FOX 32 talked to said they would support the law.

"I enjoy smoking, but as far as smoking in the car I don't agree with that. As far as smoking in the car, second hand smoking is definitely not good for them. I never smoke around my kid," Mirosalba Juarez said.

"Having to be mandated by law from taking responsibility to be a good parent. I don't think it should be mandated or enforced now should they be fined," said non-smoker, Ashley Nash.

The American Lung Association said the state senator pushing the law through in Springfield is going to have a tough time because he is going up against the tobacco industry and that's why they're

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