Florida House Bill Would Ban Smoking In Vehicle If Kids Are Present

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A bill filed in the state House would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle is there is a minor along for the ride.

The was filed by Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville. The proposal, which currently has no Senate companion, would make smoking a tobacco product in a car or truck with a minor present a “nonmoving violation.”

The measure, if approved during the 2014 legislative session and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, would have the violation considered a secondary action. That means a person could only be cited after a driver has been pulled over for another reason.

It would take effect Oct. 1, 2014.

For the past decade Florida has banned smoking in enclosed workplaces, with exemptions that include private residences and bars where no more than 10 percent of the revenue is from food sales.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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