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Maryland Senate Attempts to Outlaw Smoking in Cars Transporting Children


In an attempt to protect children from the effects of second hand smoke, the Maryland Senate passed a bill on March 3, 2012 that would ban smoking in vehicles when transporting a child under 8 years old. If the bill is approved by the House and eventually enacted into law, Maryland would join a number of other states to ban smoking in vehicles when children were inside.  The bill was originally trying to prohibit smoking when children 16 and younger were in the car, however, lawmakers believed that the law would be easier to regulate if children are younger than 8 years old since they are still required to use a car seat up to that age barring any weight or height allowances.