TRENTON, NJ -- Smokers in New Jersey may soon be facing a fine if they light up with kids in the car.
A bill was introduced into the state senate that would allow police to ticket people smoking with children 17 or under in the car.
"This bill is requiring that parents in a car with kids not smoke, because we have to take care, they have no say so," Assemblyman Charles Mainor said.
Mainor is the co-sponsor of the bill, along with State Senator Joseph Vitale.
It would be a secondary offense, which means drivers cannot be pulled over for the smoking and would first need to be pulled over for another violation.
Longstanding research says that second-hand smoke can cause health problems for children.
The fine would run $100.