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Kauai officials weigh ban on tobacco use while kids in car

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai County officials have approved a measure aimed at tackling secondhand smoke that would make it illegal for adults to smoke in their vehicles while minors are inside.

The Garden Island reports that a county committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend passing a bill that would implement the change.

County Council members were divided on the issue Wednesday. Those who voiced their support for the proposal praised it as a step toward "protecting our youth" and said it could spark more dialogue about the dangers of smoking.

However, council members against it said efforts to reduce smoking should focus more on education and outreach, not legal enforcement.

The proposal will go before the full County Council July 29.

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