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N.Y. Bill: Smoking Ban in Cars With Children

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This handout image, released on November 10, 2010 depicts a mother blowing cigarette smoke in a child's face in one of the Federal Drug Administration's proposed new "graphic health warnings." (Reuters)

A New York lawmaker has proposed legislation that would ban adults from smoking in cars when children under the age of 14 are present.

Assemblyman David Weprin says he wants to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill would apply even when the windows are rolled down.

The Daily News reports that violators could face a fine of up to $100.

Four other states have passed similar laws: Maine, Louisiana, Arkansas and California.

In New York's Rockland County, smoking is banned in cars carrying passengers under age 18. Nassau County on Long Island is considering a similar bill.