Weighing in on Proposed Smoking Ban

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - A proposal to ban smoking in a car if a child is riding in the vehicle is something that may happen in the near future. Some people said it is the government going too far. Others said it would protect children from harmful second hand smoke.

Similar bills have been pitched by state lawmakers in the past but have never been able to pass. This new proposal is gaining steam in the State Assembly. The pressure to pass this law comes after a study that shows second hand smoke could be dangerous, even deadly.

A 2006 Harvard University study shows that even with the windows slightly opened a single cigarette can produce hazardous level of containment's.

If passed, anyone caught smoking in a car with a child under the age of 14 will be pulled over and fined $100. Similar laws are already in effect in California, Maine, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The bill is in the Assembly right now and has a sponsor in the Senate, as well. While the New York proposal has been brought to the floor, it's never been voted on.