SALEM, Ore. — A bill making smoking with a minor in the car illegal passed the Oregon House on Monday with bipartisan support and now moves to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk.
Senate Bill 444A also dubbed the “Smoke-Free Cars For Kids” Bill aims to cut down on the potential second-hand smoke a child breathes in.
A report from the Oregon Health Authority shows an estimated 50,000 Oregon families are exposed to second hand smoke in vehicles. Here in the Rogue Valley, some say it is a good idea, but it may be difficult to enforce.
“I do think it’s a great idea, I just don’t know how they’re going to enforce that is my only question,” said local mother Tabbitha Bruce. “Is it going to take more of the policeman’s time that we really don’t have?”
The bill previously passed the Oregon Senate in March.