Too Far? State Considers Ban on Smoking

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Lawmakers in Washington state are considering a smoking ban that some say may be going too far.

The bill would make it illegal to smoke in your own car if you have children with you.

Opponents of the law feel it's an invasion of privacy.

They say the government should have no right to dictate where and when someone smokes.

But others say it's no different than a ban in a restaurant.

One lawmaker, Rep. Shay Schual-Berke, says smoking in the car with children around is comparable to drunk driving because both have the potential to hurt kids.

"Did you know that the poisons from second hand smoke, which we know causes cancer, is also associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?" she said.

Under the law, police wouldn't pull someone over just for smoking while kids are in the car.

Instead, it would fine someone for smoking if they're caught while being pulled over for something else.

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