W.Va. lawmakers consider bill to ban smoking while driving with kids in car
West Virginia senators, some of whom are doctors, have proposed a bill to make it illegal to smoke while driving when an individual under the age of 17 is present in the vehicle.
State Sen. Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, the Senate Majority Leader, says the bill was inspired by one of his patients who suffers from complications due to the secondhand smoke she endured as a child.
Tabuko says he does not want to tell anyone how to live their lives, but he feels that the bill would help protect children better from secondhand smoke.
Senate Bill 81 states that all types of smoking products wolf be banned, including any e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or any other product identified under that description.
Connor Dial, who works at My Vapor Place in Huntington, says that the ban should only be for tobacco products like cigarettes or cigars. Dial says these products are much more harmful than vaping around others. He says a cigarette constantly burns and, because of that, you’ll get the second hand smoke effect.
The bill is currently being reviewed by the judiciary committee, and if the Legislature and governor approves it, the bill will go into effect 90 days after it is approved. Senate representatives say they’re estimating it to be implemented by spring.
Virginia has a similar law in place which outlaws smoking in a motor vehicle containing any passengers under the age of 8. A bill proposed in the 2019 General Assembly session to increase the age limit to 16 was