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Bill To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids Extinguished

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California lawmakers have turned back a proposal to ban smoking in cars carrying young children.

The bill would have prohibited smoking if the children in the car were of an age and size to be in a child safety seat.

That is, kids younger than six or who weigh less than 60 pounds.

Violations would have brought a 116-dollar fine.

Supporters said the bill was a logical extension of other laws designed to prevent childhood injuries and diseases.

But one opponent said studies showing secondhand smoke to be a serious health hazard were “made up to justify more government intrusion.”