Smoking in vehicles with children could soon be illegal in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WCMH) — A proposal to ban smoking in vehicles containing children is one step closer to becoming a reality in the state of Oklahoma.

The state’s Public Health Committee voted 7-1 last week to send the proposal to the full House for a vote.

HB 1344 would make it illegal for the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle “to smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars if a child is also present in the motor vehicle.” The law defines a child as someone who is 14 years of age or younger.

Those caught violating the proposed law would face a $20 fine.

Ohio Senator Charleta Tavares (D), who represents Franklin County, introduced a similar bill in February of 2015. Senate Bill 89 would ban drivers and passengers from smoking in vehicles when a child under six years of age is present.

The proposed law in Ohio carries a $500 fine, but the bill has not advanced past the Health and Human Services Committee since it was submitted two years ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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