Smoking in a car when a child eight or younger is present will now carry a $100 fine in the state. That’s one of Virginia’s new laws that goes into effect July 1st.
Only seven other states have similar laws, with different age cut-offs. Maine makes it illegal to smoke if anyone under 13 is in the car. In California, it’s under 18.
Bronson Frick, with Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights says the next step is to have educational outreach that works alongside the law.