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Smoking in cars with kids banned under measure headed to mayor's desk

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A measure that would ban smoking in cars around kids is now headed to the mayor's desk.

The City Council unanimously approved Bill 70 Wednesday.

The bill would ban smoking traditional and electronic cigarettes in a motor vehicle if a person under the age of 18 is a passenger.

The measure is intended to reduce the health risk children face when exposed to secondhand smoke.

"We're really concerned for the sake of the keiki who do not have an option as to how they get about," State Department of Health Healthy Hawaii Initiative Administrator Lola Irvin said.

Hawaii County and Kauai County have similar laws in place. 

Smoking with a minor in a vehicle has been outlawed on Hawaii Island since 2010. On Kauai, smoking with anyone under the age of 13 was outlawed in July 2016.

Nine other states or territories across the U.S. also have similar restrictions.

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