Auto Smoking Fine goes into effect Tuesday

Tomorrow is World Health Day and, here in BC new vehicular smoking regulations will go into effect.

They give police the authority to stop any vehicle in which they believe someone is smoking in the presence of children under 16 years of age.

The Campbell government has set $109 as the fine and failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue both a driver’s licence and auto insurance.

The regulations follow legislation passed in the spring of last year under the Motor Vehicle Act and have drawn praise from the Canadian Cancer Society, as a significant step in the protection of children from the harmful effects of second hand smoke

BC already has the lowest provincial smoking rate in the country at 14.4 percent and now joins Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon, which also have child protection laws against smoking in vehicles.

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