State Legislature Considers Ban on Smoking in Cars with Children

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) New York State Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak is one of several co-sponsors for a bill that would make smoking in a car with a child a crime.

"People will say you are infringing on my rights to smoke in my own vehicle. Well yes, you can do that, if you are the only one in there," said Gabryszak.

Under the proposed law, anyone with a lit cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other smokeable substance, could be charged under the State's Vehicle and Traffic law if a minor under the age of 14 is also in the vehicle.

The bill is currently being reviewed in committee.

It is hoped that it will come to the Assembly floor for a vote later this year.

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo found that just a single cigarette can create pollution levels inside a car that are 10-times higher than levels found in a smoky bar.

"In less than a minute, levels can exceed the hazardous level according to the Environmental Protection Agency," added Dr. Mark Travers, Ph.D from Roswell Park.

"Children breath more air per body weight than an adult does, so children are more susceptible to any pollutants that may be in the air."