SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – To promote public health and protect minors from the dangers of second-hand smoke, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, supported legislation that would prohibit occupants of a vehicle from smoking while in the presence of minors.
“The age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products was recently raised to 21 to help keep minors and young adults from engaging in harmful tobacco use,” Mussman said. “By prohibiting adults from smoking while in the car with minors, we are adding one more layer of protection for minors against the dangerous effects of smoking.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 2276, signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in August, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The bill also makes clear that the term “smoking” will apply to any form, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vapes, or marijuana.
“The culture of smoking is changing rapidly, and I am confident that these new public health measures will help keep future generations healthier and curb tobacco addictions,” Mussman said. “It is our job as legislators to adapt to the needs of the society by crafting legislation that makes sense and protects the well-being of our families.”