Erie County bans smoking in cars with kids

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — County legislators in Buffalo have banned smoking tobacco products in a car with anyone 17 or younger present in the vehicle.

The new Erie County law, which was passed unanimously Wednesday, also bans smoking in and around bus shelters. WIVB-TV reports the law also prohibits any store with a pharmacy from selling tobacco products.

Under the new legislation, e-cigarettes, vapes, and other electronic smoking devices are classified as tobacco products.

Penalties for smoking in vehicles with children include a fine of $50 for a first offense, then $100 fine and a $150 fine for second and third offenses, respectively.

The penalty for pharmacies selling tobacco products is a minimum $300 civil penalty, and up to $1,000 for a first time violation.

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