Lawmakers Vote for Penalties for Teen Smokers

The Nevada state Senate voted 14 to six to ban teen smoking.

The bill would make it illegal for anyone under 18 to possess or use tobacco products.

Senator Mike McGinness, says he sponsored the bill after Churchill County school officials said they were frustrated by their inability to do anything about teens smoking across the street from schools.

Offenders would be fined 25 dollars for the first offense. A third violations would result in a 75-dollar fine, plus a mandatory class on the dangers of tobacco.

The bill's six opponents, all Democrats, argued that making police hunt for teen smokers was a waste of resources.