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Vermont set to ban smoking in cars with kids

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Vermont is poised to become just the sixth state in the nation to make hotels and motels 100 percent smoke-free.

The new Hotel Vermont has been smoke-free from the start, and now Act 135 will officially extend that ban to all motels and hotels.

Part of the new law also includes new restrictions on secondhand smoke, and bans smoking in cars with children under the age of 8. Drivers will be subject to fines up to $100.

"It extends protections from secondhand smoke to hotels and motels, workplaces, schools and child care facilities, and bans smoking in motor vehicles where young children are present," said Dr. Harry Chen, Vermont's health commissioner.

The law will also ban smoking on all state property, and on the property of hospitals or secure residential recovery facilities owned or operated by the state.

The new tobacco restrictions go into effect July 1.

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