UK to ban smoking in the car with children

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(WVLT) -- Starting October 1, 2015, it will be illegal for adults in the UK to smoke in the car with anyone younger than 18. The idea is to protect children from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.

If a person is caught smoking with children in the car, both that person and the driver will face a fine of £50 (about $57 USD). This law applies to every driver in England and Wales. The law applies to every car, except convertibles with the roof completely down.

To learn more about the law, click the link attached to this story.

According to Americans for Nonsmokers' rights, there are seven states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that have restrictions on smoking with a minor in the car. They are Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Puerto Rico. The laws vary on how young the passengers can be to get in trouble.