West Virginia becomes the 12th state to ban smoking in cars with kids present

Charleston, WV (AP) – West Virginia has become the 12th state to ban smoking in vehicles with children present.

Governor Jim Justice signed a bill Friday that would fine violators up to $25, but only if police pulled the vehicle over for another offense.

Authorities cannot stop a driver solely for smoking with children present.

West Virginia has the nation’s highest rate of adult cigarette use at about 22%.

The bill’s sponsor is state Senator Tom Takubo, a lung doctor.

Takubo has said he made a promise long ago to a patient whose father was a heavy smoker that he would try to get such legislation passed.

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