Ban Smoking in Vehicles With Minors


Target: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Goal: Ban smoking in vehicles while in the presence of minors.

Smoking cigarettes in a vehicle with minors present is one of many issues at the forefront of Illinois legislation. Senator Ira Silverstein has proposed the criminalization of such activities in an attempt to significantly curb the rate of children exposed to deadly second-hand smoke. Urge Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to take a stand for children and vow to lower rates of second-hand smoke among minors.

Even in this day and age, many parents will frequently choose to smoke in their vehicles with minors present. Most children are unable to comprehend just how detrimental this can be to their health and all children are unable to take a stand for their own rights. There should be consequences if an adult chooses to smoke in the presence of his or her own children and perhaps even other parents’ children in a space as concentrated as a vehicle. Proposed legislation would carry a $100 fine for any adult found guilty of smoking in a vehicle with a minor present.

The rates of toxicity in cigarette smoke while in an enclosed vehicle are 10 times as dangerous as what the Environmental Protection Agency already considers dangerous. Plenty of evidence exists to prove the dangers of second-hand smoke over prolonged periods, especially among children.

Please sign this petition to urge Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to criminalize smoking in a vehicle with minors present.


Dear Governor Rauner,

Smoking in vehicles with a minor present has been a concern for quite some time and several other states have already taken steps to criminalize such behavior. I am most pleased to see Illinois follow suit and attempt to lower rates of second-hand smoke among children. I urge you to continue plans to criminalize this act and take a stand for the health of children across the state.

Many children are currently experiencing the dangers of second-hand smoke in extremely concentrated levels while in a vehicle. What’s worse, adults can even expose other children to second-hand smoke in similar situations, with no law in place to protect the victims.

Proposed legislation would provide a huge incentive for adults to not expose children to deadly toxins while in a vehicle. I believe such efforts would significantly lower levels of second-hand smoke among children and make an even larger impact in the long run.

I urge you to move forward with plans to criminalize this dangerous act and vow to improve the health of many children.


[Your Name Here]

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