No more secondhand smoking for kids.
The law, that becomes effective on October 1, is to protect children from secondhand smoking. The fine for driver and smoker is up to $80 each.
According to the Department of Health, when a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, just like the smoker does. This puts them at risk of serious conditions including cancer, bronchitis, and pneumonia. And it can worsen asthma.
The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air-conditioning on, or if they sit in a parked car with the door open. It doesn’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.
Boats, ships, and aircrafts each have their own rules. Work vehicles and public transportation are also not affected, as they already are covered by previous smoke-free legislation. Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoking because they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways, lungs and immune systems.