Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed legislation that prohibits adult drivers and passengers from smoking in a vehicle if a minor is inside.
House Bill 2276 makes it illegal for drivers and passengers to smoke a “lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant, regulated narcotic” or other any other “combustible substance” inside a car if a person under the age of 18 is inside.
“A person shall not smoke in a motor vehicle, whether it is in motion or at rest, if a person under 18 years of age is in the vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle's windows are open,” the legislation states.
Violation of the law is a petty offense and is punishable by a fine of up to $100. The law states that second-time offenders can be fined up to $250.
However, the legislation adds that vehicles and those inside cannot be searched by law enforcement based solely on a violation or suspected violation of the law.