Smoking; unlawful in motor vehicle with a minor present. (HB1744)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Smoking in motor vehicle with a minor present. Expands the age group of minors in the presence of whom it is illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle from those under the age of eight to those under the age of 18. The bill changes smoking in a motor vehicle with a minor present from a secondary offense to a primary offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/20/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102381D
12/20/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice


Katrina Wood writes:

Delegate Rasoul, surely you realize the population that will be most targeted by this bill if it’s passed? Poor/BPOC. Especially if it’s a primary offense. And we know what doesn’t mix well together-armed police officers and BPOC. How many people are going to be put in danger because of this bill?

As a parent, I know smoking is dangerous and that smoking around my child is one of the worst things I can do around him. I was finally able to quit and I’m now 11 months and 18 days cigarette free. We as parents know smoking around our children is harmful. I’m not trying to detract from that issue at all. But please consider the other lives that are being endangered or potentially ended by overzealous police if something like this bill passes.