Law | Illinois Committee Approves Car Smoking Ban

An Illinois Senate Public Health Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would make it illegal to smoke inside a vehicle if a person under the age of 18 is present.

Bill SB0728 introduced by Democrat Senator Ira Silverstein changes the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow police offices to stop drivers as well as detain them if they are suspected of smoking with passengers under the age of 18. Violators would be subject to a fine of $100.

The bill now moves before the full senate for a vote.