Alabama lawmaker wants to ban smoking in vehicles when children are inside

If this bill is approved, then anyone who violates it could be fined up to $100.

Posted: Dec 4, 2017 6:47 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 7:40 PM

Represenative Rolanda Hollis, D-Birmingham, is proposing a new bill that would make it illegal for adults to smoke in a vehicle when a minor is a passenger.

Some Alabamians say they are glad Rep. Hollis proposed House Bill 26.

"Just do it in your own time and own place. Don't do it around other people. Other people don't want to be around it," said Joshua Murdock.

"They (kids) aren't old enough to voice whether they have an opinion or not, so it should be illegal," said Robert Upson.

WAAY 31 spoke with other people who didn't want to go on camera. They said they grew up with parents smoking around them, and it didn't seem to be an issue. Others believe parents should decide for themselves what they can or can't do around their children.

The Enviromental Protection Agency states cars are confined spaces and children are closer to the smoke when in a vehicle.

"They can grow up and get influenza and lung problems," Upson said.

If this bill is approved, then anyone who violates it could be fined up to $100.

The new legislative session begins January 9.

Once the bill is introduced, it will get assigned to a commitee. The committee will vote on it before the House and Senate get it.

Local legislators said they believe this proposal could be beneficial.

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