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Illinois lawmaker wants ban on smoking in cars with kids

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Chicago Democratic Senator Ira Silverstein has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to light up in a vehicle if a child is present.

Silverstein hopes the potential law will protect kids from secondhand smoke. If the measure is passed, anyone violating it would face a $100 fine. However, police would not be able to pull drivers over for just a smoking violation.

Six other states currently have similar bans. A resolution passed in Illinois last year encouraged people against the practice, but didn't ban it outright.

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