"Thanks to medical and scientific studies, we know the dangers secondhand smoke poses to children. Yet, we are not doing enough to ensure that young kids are insulated from tobacco's adverse effects. When minors are in a car, they don't always have the ability to voice their concern about the use of tobacco in an enclosed space. Now, they won’t have to worry about speaking up. The law will take care of that for them.”
Representative Sam Singh
LANSING – State Representative Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)
announced a new bill on October 23 to limit the use of tobacco products in motor vehicles. The bill would make it illegal to light a tobacco product in a vehicle when someone under the age of 18 is in the vehicle.
According to the bill, a violation of the law would result in a $500 fine; but there would be a one year grace period, to give the public time to get used to it.
“Nothing should be off the table when it comes to a child's well-being," Singh said. "This is simple, common sense legislation that works to promote the health and safety of minors in Michigan.”