Puerto Rico makes it a crime to smoke in cars with minors

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has made it a crime to smoke inside a vehicle if one of the passengers is younger than 18.

The island’s Health Department said Sunday that violators will face a $250 penalty. Officials said 10 percent of money collected from those fines will go to the pediatric center at Puerto Rico’s largest public hospital.

The island banned smoking in all public and certain private places in 1993.

Earlier this year, Ohio lawmakers proposed a law banning smoking in cars with children under the age of 6. The proposed ban would fine violators $500. It was referred to committee and has not yet been passed or enacted.

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