Proposed bill would ban smoking in vehicles with minor passenger - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Proposed bill would ban smoking in vehicles with minor passengers

(Source: WBRC video) (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A Birmingham lawmaker wants to ban smoking in vehicles with minors inside.

Despite anti-smoking campaigns, a lot of people still smoke. And a lot of drivers like to smoke inside of their cars. 

Birmingham Representative Rolanda Hollis, who is sensitive to smoking, realized it was a problem getting into her husband's truck.  

"I got up in his truck and I couldn't breathe and I said there should be a law against this, smoking inside a vehicle," Hollis said.

Hollis's prefiled bill in the Alabama legislature calls for a $100 fine if anyone is smoking inside of a vehicle with a minor who is 18 years and younger.

"We know second hand smoke, especially in a car which is small, compact place can cause asthma. Not just asthma, it can cause chronic disease," Hollis said.

The tobacco lobby in the state legislature has opposed most efforts to limit smoking. Hollis realizes opposition may be stiff, but she plans to reach out to the state and county health departments along with child advocates to support her legislation.

“If you care about children and you care about health and safety of our children, I think it's a good bill," Hollis said.

Seven states and Puerto Rico currently ban smoking in vehicles.

Copyright 2017 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Bay St. Louis police investigate gunshots in the city

    Bay St. Louis police investigate gunshots in the city

    Monday, December 18 2017 9:59 AM EST2017-12-18 14:59:19 GMT
    (Photo source: WLOX)(Photo source: WLOX)

    Bay St. Louis police chief Gary Ponthieux says that at some point Monday, he hopes to release new information about a shooting on Sycamore Street. So far, the chief has shared preliminary information. At just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were called about a shooting in the area of Sycamore Street and St. Francis Street. When the officers arrived, Ponthieux reports they found two gunshot victims in a wrecked car. They also found a third injured person in the area.

    More >>

    Bay St. Louis police chief Gary Ponthieux says that at some point Monday, he hopes to release new information about a shooting on Sycamore Street. So far, the chief has shared preliminary information. At just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were called about a shooting in the area of Sycamore Street and St. Francis Street. When the officers arrived, Ponthieux reports they found two gunshot victims in a wrecked car. They also found a third injured person in the area.

    More >>
  • Penn National places $2.8 billion bet on Pinnacle Entertainment

    Penn National places $2.8 billion bet on Pinnacle Entertainment

    Monday, December 18 2017 8:09 AM EST2017-12-18 13:09:44 GMT

    The owners of the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino in Biloxi are broadening their portfolio. Penn National Gaming will buy Pinnacle Entertainment. The purchase price announced Monday is more than $2.8 billion.

    More >>

    The owners of the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino in Biloxi are broadening their portfolio. Penn National Gaming will buy Pinnacle Entertainment. The purchase price announced Monday is more than $2.8 billion.

    More >>
  • Gulfport flights slowly getting back on schedule

    Gulfport flights slowly getting back on schedule

    Monday, December 18 2017 7:41 AM EST2017-12-18 12:41:43 GMT
    Planes line up on the ground after a power outage brought traffic to a halt at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. (Source: @dsalley24/TwitterN)Planes line up on the ground after a power outage brought traffic to a halt at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. (Source: @dsalley24/TwitterN)

    They finally restored power at Atlanta's airport. Flights are once again taking off and landing at the world's busiest airport. That's starting to ease the congestion at places like Gulfport Biloxi International Airport.

    More >>

    They finally restored power at Atlanta's airport. Flights are once again taking off and landing at the world's busiest airport. That's starting to ease the congestion at places like Gulfport Biloxi International Airport.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly