- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

With all the research related to the dangers of second hand smoke, Steinborn says smoking with a child strapped in the back seat really amounts to a form of child abuse.

The legislation would amend the state’s motor vehicle code to prohibit smoking in any motor vehicle when a minor is present. Smoking would include anything from cigarettes, cigars and pipes to e-cigarettes.

The penalty for a first offense would be a $300 fine. Subsequent violations would cost $500.

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