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Smoking inside cars banned if child under 8 inside

With Virginia’s new smoking in vehicles law taking effect July 1, it will be unlawful for a person to smoke inside a vehicle, whether in motion or parked, when a child under the age of 8 is present inside the vehicle.

Based on the code of law, this violation is punishable by a civil penalty of $100.

Similar to a seat belt violation, smoking inside a vehicle with a child is considered a secondary violation, meaning violators would have to be pulled over for another reason before being cited for this particular smoking offense.


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