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Bill To Stop Smoking While Driving

It's sometimes tough to find ashtrays in cars anymore.  Now, some New Jersey lawmakers want to make it illegal to light up while driving anyway.

The proposal barring smoking behind the wheel faces long odds in the state legislature, but that hasn't stopped smokers from describing the proposal as a Big Brother intrusion.

One Hackensack cigar smoker says politicians can tell him he can't smoke in his car when they start making his car payments.  The measure would fine drivers up to 250 dollars if caught smoking cigars, pipes or cigarettes.

Supporters say the ban is more about improving highway safety than protecting health because smoking is a distraction for drivers, much like cell phones.

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