Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Bill to ban smoking in cars with children passes the House
HB13 » Debate asks how far government should go to protect children in cars from smoke.
First Published Feb 11 2013 01:19 pm • Last Updated May 21 2013 11:32 pm

A bill to ban smoking in vehicles occupied by youth age 15 or younger cleared the Utah House of Representatives on a 41-30 vote following fierce debate that pitted protection of children against personal freedom.

Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, is the sponsor of HB13, which would make smoking in vehicles with children a secondary infraction subject to a warning the first year after its passage and a $45 fine thereafter. Individuals could avoid the fine if they agreed to enroll in smoking cessation classes.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Rep. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, amended Arent’s bill Monday to exclude convertibles with the tops down.

While expressing a strong disdain for tobacco use, Rep. Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine — a self-described 20-year victim of secondhand smoke — opposed HB13.

"I believe this proposal stretches the long arm of the law too far," Kennedy said, adding that he has dedicated his personal and professional life to urging people to quit smoking.

California passed a similar law in 2008, Kennedy said, asking, "Do we really want to imitate California?"

He added, "These [smokers] are often poor, depressed, anxious and economically challenged. Do we really want to persecute them more?"

However, Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, defended the line that lawmakers would draw with HB13.

"When parents act in ways that clearly indirectly kill or injure their children," King said, "it’s wise for us as lawmakers and public policy makers to do what we can within reason to not allow that."

HB13 now moves on to the Senate for its consideration.

story continues below
story continues below


Twitter: @catmck

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.