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Maryland Senate Votes To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

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Smokers with kids in the car will have to wait, if the Maryland House also approves this legislation.
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Smokers with kids in the car will have to wait, if the Maryland House also approves this legislation.

The Maryland Senate has approved a bill today banning smoking in vehicles if there is a child inside.

The new smoking ban passed on a tight 27-20 vote, and now heads to the House of Delegates. Under the law, drivers or passengers would not be allowed to smoke with an 8-year-old or younger in the vehicle.

The maximum fine for a violation is $50.

The measure has been introduced in Maryland for several years. Last year, the bill passed the Senate but did not make it out of a House committee.

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