TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state senator wants to stop smokers from lighting up in vehicles if children 16 and younger also are present.

Joseph Vitale says the measure he introduced last month would protect children from being exposed to tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in confined spaces. The Middlesex County Democrat chairs the Senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

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Violators would face a $100 fine, but would not face surcharges or points on their driving or insurance records. The smoking ban would be a secondary offense, meaning violators could only be cited if drivers are stopped for committing a moving violation.

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Many smokers and critics say the measure is well-intentioned but not needed. They also believe it will be difficult to enforce.

But the proposal does have support.

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