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In Illinois, smokers may soon be banned from lighting up in the car if their kids are with them.  Kathy Drea of Taylorville, who is with the American Lung Association, is behind the measure being discussed in Springfield.  She says second hand smoke in small, compact places, can have very harmful effects on kids. 

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Supporters say kids are more vulnerable to second-hand smoke because they breathe more rapidly than adults, but opponents argue it's just one more freedom being taken away from the people.  If the proposal becomes law, drivers would pay a 100-dollar fine if they're busted smoking in front of the kids in the car.  But, it could be tough to enforce because police officers would only be able to ticket the driver if they’re also violating a different traffic law, like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic light.  

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