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Erie County bill would ban smoking with children in cars among other restrictions

Erie County bill would ban smoking with children in cars among other restrictions
Posted at 11:06 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:06:39-05

The Erie County Legislature has introduced a bill which would make it illegal to smoke in a car with a child present.

The bill, The Public Health Protection Act 2018, which was introduced in late July, would ban the use of tobacco products in cars with children present, ban smoking in or adjacent to bus shelters, and ban the sale of tobacco products in health care institutions and pharmacies. 

A public hearing was held Nov. 29th to hear residents comments on the bill.

In the bill, the Legislature states:

Erie County has a substantial public health interest in reducing the number of individuals of all ages who use tobacco products, and in reducing tobacco dependence and the illnesses and premature death associated with tobacco use and nicotine consumption.

A copy of the bill, which includes the Legislature's findings, intent, and penalties can be read here.

 

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