first_imgSACRAMENTO – Adults who smoke in a vehicle carrying children could be fined $100 under a bill that cleared its first committee Wednesday. “Second-hand smoke hurts everyone, but children are particularly vulnerable,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, a cancer survivor. She cited a 2006 report by the Harvard School of Public Health that said particulate matter in a smoker’s car can be as much as 10 times higher than in a smoker’s home. That can sharply increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and other ailments, Oropeza told the Senate Health Committee. Her bill would make it illegal to smoke a cigar, pipe or cigarette in vehicles carrying a minor, regardless of whether the car is parked or moving. It also creates a public health education program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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