This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

January 13, 2008

New smoking restriction ignites debate

Never before has California banned smoking on private property used exclusively by members of the owner's family – until now.
Beginning this month, motorists can be fined $100 for lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in their own car, even in their driveway, if one passenger is a child.
The law marks a new frontier in more than two decades of state smoking restrictions that focused on workplaces, public buildings, restaurants, airplanes, tot lots and gathering spots.
It also comes as cigar-smoking Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is teaming with Democrats to push a proposed ballot measure that would increase cigarette taxes by $1.75 per pack to expand health insurance.

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