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Residents discuss laws preventing smoking with children in the car

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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

States limiting smoking in cars with minors include Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and most recently Hawaii.

2015 was the last time Texas Legislature proposed a similar bill, making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with small children present. 

"I think that Texas should pass it. It's very harmful to the kids. And the kids are our future," said Amarillo Resident Andrew Rodriguez.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems in children. They go on to recommend never smoking in your car, even with the window down. 

"I remember riding in people's cars as a kid thinking 'ugh this is no fun.' Anything we can do to make a kids health better especially when they don't have a choice in the matter. Ya know?" said Amarillo Resident Heather Kouba.

Tobacco Free Amarillo submitted a statement in favor of the ban:

The Hawaiian legislation will serve to protect the most vulnerable individuals from the cancer causing chemicals found in second hand smoke.

We hosted a poll on FaceBook to get your views on the potential ban. Roughly 900 area residents are in favor while 49 are not. 

According to Representative Smithee, the next time the bill can be brought up for discussion will be January of 2019.

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