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Smoking In Cars With Children Illegal Starting October 1, 2016

Fake news site attempts to lure readers with a vague and false article about an imminent smoking ban.

CLAIM: A ban on smoking in cars when children are present will take effect on 1 October 2016.
FALSE
ORIGIN: In May 2016, the web site Now8News published an article regarding the imminent implementation of a ban on smoking in automobiles when children are present in the vehicle:
Starting October 1, 2016, it will be illegal to smoke in a car or other vehicles, with anyone under the age of 18. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Both the driver and the smoker in the car could be fined as much as $80. This law applies to every driver, including those age 17 and those with a driving permit.
There was a whole lot wrong with this article; namely that it originated with Now8News, a fake news site that masquerades as a local television news site while publishing fabricated clickbait stories; that the article text makes no mention of where the referenced smoking ban is supposed to take place; and that the article is simply a republication of a previous hoax with the year updated from 2015 to 2016.
In general, the United States has not yet banned on smoking in cars where children are present on a national level, but some state and local governments have done so. The basis of the original Now8News article was a report of a vehicle smoking ban enacted in England and Wales in 2015.
This article originally appeared on www.snopes.com
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