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Phoenix suburb approves ban on smoking when kids are in car

PHOENIX — The city of Tempe has banned smoking in cars when a child is present.

City council members unanimously approved the ordinance at Thursday night’s meeting, according to a city release.

Neither drivers nor passengers can smoke cigarettes, pipes, cigars or e-cigarettes when anyone younger than 18 is in the vehicle.

Officers can only issue a citation if the car or truck has been pulled over for a different violation.

A first violation will cost $50; the fine jumps to $100 for ensuing violations.

The ban goes into effect late next month.