ALBANY, N.Y. - New York lawmakers have presented a bill Wednesday which would prohibit smoking in private vehicles where minors under the age of 14 are passengers.
Assemblyman David Wepin (D-Fresh Meadows) is held a press conference at the Capitol in Albany in support of passing this bill, along with Senator Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). They say the legislation seeks to protect children and passengers in personal cars, trucks or vans from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Lawmakers say, under the bill, drivers would be fined $100 if caught smoking in their car with a child under 14-years-old.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to second-hand smoke causes around 200,000 children to develop lower respiratory infections each year.
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