Girl Scouts spur adoption of Colorado’s first vehicle smoking ban to protect minors

What started off last spring as an effort by an Aurora Girl Scout troop to take on a social service project turned into passage Monday of Colorado’s first ban on smoking in a vehicle while children under 18 are inside.

The Aurora City Council passed the measure on a razor-thin 6-5 vote, putting smokers and drivers in the city of 360,000 on notice that tobacco or marijuana smoking and vaping while a minor is along for the ride could result in mandatory community service — or even a $150 fine.



Looking on from the audience Monday night were the five 13-year-old girls of Troop 60789, who never thought an idea they first kicked around in May to earn their Silver Award — the Girl Scouts’ second-highest honor — might result in real on-the-ground change.

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