That is probably why many states have since passed laws that punish adults for smoking in a vehicle that contains children. As of December 2018, according to Legal Beagle, some of these states include California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine, Utah, Oregon, Virginia, and Vermont!
Another state to soon join the ranks is Indiana; It has been reported that this state’s senators have introduced legislation that attempts to discourage parents and adults to stop smoking in their cars while children are around.
If the legislation passes, violators would be fined $1,000 for the first 2 occurrences. If they’re caught a third time, the fine would be $10,000! The penalties are stiff, though Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merrit has noted that it will be exceedingly difficult to enforce the law. He hopes though that this new bill will raise awareness for the risks that second-hand smoke inhalation has on children’s’ health.
It is important to note though that currently this specific law is only being proposed in the state of Indiana, and the memes that have been going around suggesting this law is nation-wide are false.
Regardless of what the law in your state says, it’s important that we be responsible adults. If you’re not going to stop smoking for your own health, at least try for the sake of your children’s future!
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