SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, that bans people from smoking in cars while minors are present successfully passed the Illinois House with bipartisan support.
“I want to protect young people from the negative effects of second-hand smoke as much as possible,” Carroll said. “My bill that bans people from smoking in cars while children are present is one step toward accomplishing that goal.”
Carroll’s House Bill 2276 would make it unlawful to smoke in motor vehicles with minors present by imposing fines of $100 to $250 on offenders, depending on whether it is a first or second-time offense. The bill is intended to reduce children’s exposure to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke while they are riding in a motor vehicle. Earlier last week, Carroll’s bill passed the Illinois House with strong bipartisan support and now advances to the Senate.
“I am glad that this commonsense proposal passed the House with support from both parties,” Carroll said. “When it comes to our children’s health and well-being, this bill is a no-brainer and it is my sincerest hope that the Senate will pass this same bill with Democratic and Republican support.”