An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal for motorists to smoke in cars with children. State Senator Ira Silverstein says second-hand smoke in confined areas is dangerous for children. The Chicago Democrat argued to a Senate committee Tuesday that it's a relevant problem because other states are considering the same proposal. Under the bill, violators would be fined a maximum of $100, but police could not pull them over for just smoking with children. Kathy Drea, vice president for the American Lung Association in Illinois, says the law is about education, not punishment. She says it's one way to help children. She admits there's no "silver bullet" to preventing tobacco use. Some committee members questioned whether this proposal significantly reduces a child's overall exposure to second-hand smoke.
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