BURLINGTON (AP) - The state of Vermont is poised to become the seventh state to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen is going to highlight the new law Friday in Burlington.

The law will also ban smoking on all state property, in hotel rooms, and on the property of hospitals or secure residential recovery facilities owned or operated by the state.

It also bans tobacco products at schools and child care centers.

The law contains an exception for the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, which can permit smoking in designated areas.

Most of the law is set to take effect on Tuesday.

Under the law, smoking will be prohibited in cars carrying children younger than 8. Drivers will be subject to fines up to $100.


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