Connecticut bills restrict smoking in cars, vapor cigarettes

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HARTFORD — A bill that would bar people from smoking inside a vehicle when there’s a child inside is progressing through the Connecticut legislative process.

Lawmakers are also moving along legislation that would prohibit people from smoking electronic or vapor cigarettes in certain places, including restaurants, bars and retail food stores. Proponents said they worry about the possible harmful effects of vaping.

The bills both passed in the Public Health Committee. Now the bills will move to the House for further action.

Under one bill, someone could no longer smoke in a vehicle if there’s child inside, riding in a child car seat. First-time violators would face a written warning, while subsequent violators would face an infraction, punishable by a fine.

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