Contact Us

NJ Senator Wants to Fine People Smoking in a Car with Kids [AUDIO]

If adults aren’t going to do the right thing when they’re riding in a car with a kid they should be fined.

Flickr User Alexis Bellido

That’s the opinion of one state lawmaker who wants to impose a fine on anyone caught smoking with a child present in their vehicle.

“The bill would incur a fine for smoking in car with a child under the age of 16,” says Sen. Jim Beach. “It would be a $100 fine for smoking in a car with a child. There are no motor vehicle penalties or insurance premium increases.”

The bill expands upon the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act” and it establishes a “Smoking Cessation Fund” within the Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

“All of the money from the fines goes to the Smoking Cessation Fund to assist people to get off of smoking or not to smoke at all,” explains Beach. “The message is; it is totally inappropriate for an adult in such a confined area to put a juvenile at risk with secondhand smoke.”

If the measure becomes law, Beach hopes State and local law enforcement to make it a priority to enforce it.

In case there’s any confusion as to what “smoking” means, it is defined in the bill as the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from or the possession of, a lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Best of The Point

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Point Clique quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Point Clique contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.