VIDEO - South Carolina bill to ban smoking in cars with kids present..

April 2, 2011 - A bill that would ban smoking in your vehicle when children are in a car seat is being debated at the Statehouse. The bill was introduced by (D) Sen. Darrell Jackson after he saw a woman smoking with children in the car at a shopping center.

Child safety seats are required in South Carolina for children 6 and under or up to 80 pounds. If the bill were to become law, a fine of $25 could be issued for a violation.

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We spoke with Dianne Wilson, the Exe. Dir. Of the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network. She says the bill is a good start, but it doesn't go far enough. She says the bill should cover all kids, not just those up to 6 years old.

Bruce Bates lives in Dorchester. He says while he is not a smoker, he doesn't support the bill. He says as long as smoking is legal, the government should not restrict where citizens can smoke.

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Reference: SC bill to ban smoking in cars with children by Newsroom,, 3/30/2011.

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