State Rep. Henry Genga (D-Hartford) said overwhelming medical research favors the ban. Many Connecticut parents agree.
Several states have a similar ban in effect, including Arkansas, Maine, California and Louisiana.
Lawmakers also are moving along legislation that would prohibit people from smoking electronic or vapor cigarettes in certain places, including restaurants, bars and retail food stores. Proponents said they worry about the possible harmful effects of vaping.
One local business that got a jump on this safety issue is the Orange Ale House which has had no smoking/vaping signs posted throughout the building for more than a month.
The bills both passed in the Public Health Committee. Now the bills will move to the House for further action.
Under one bill, someone could no longer smoke in a vehicle if there’s child inside, riding in a child car seat.
First-time violators would face a written warning, while subsequent violators would face an infraction, punishable by a fine.