Another battle is ahead over smokers’ rights vs. public health. An Illinois Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill to outlaw smoking in a car while someone under 18 years of age is in the car. This would be a secondary violation, meaning police would have to find something else to pull you over for first. The fine would be up to $100.
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As for people who prefer to light up? “They have a right to smoke, but other people should have the right to breathe fresh air,” said State Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), the sponsor. An amendment to the bill allows people to smoke while riding a motorcycle or in a convertible with the top down.
S.B. 2659 passed the Senate Public Health Committee.