Stockbridge to motorists: no smoking if kids in your car

9:49 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Metro Atlanta / State news
Stockbridge has passed an ordinance banning motorists from smoking if they have children in their vehicles.

Attention smokers: if you’re riding through Stockbridge with a kid in your car, snuff that cigarette or risk getting fined.

Stockbridge recently passed a law that bans motorists from smoking if they have someone who is 15 year old or younger in the car. The ordinance was the brainchild of Councilman John Blount who is worried about secondhand smoke affecting children.

Smokers who don’t extinguish their butts face up to a $500 fine. Enforcing the ban could be a sticking point since Stockbridge does not have its own police force and must rely on Henry County to enforce it.

Such a ban, however, could become state law if legislation proposed by Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, is passed. Scott’s legislation seeks to make smoking in cars a statewide ban.

Which states have smoke-free car laws?

The states shown in the chart below all prohibit smoking in cars with passengers considered minors.