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Man charged after refusing to stop smoking cigar with 13-year-old in vehicle

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A man is facing charges under Nova Scotia’s Smoke-Free Act after he allegedly refused to put out his cigar while travelling with a 13-year-old boy.

Nova Scotia RCMP say they pulled over a speeding vehicle in Guysborough County on June 30.

The officer noticed the driver was smoking a cigar with the teenage boy in the vehicle.

“When (the driver) was advised that it was against the law to smoke in a vehicle with a youth present, the driver was belligerent, refused to put out his cigar, and continued to smoke,” police said in a news release Thursday.

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John Bernard Meagher of Guysborough has been charged under the Smoke-Free Places Act.

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In Nova Scotia, it’s illegal to smoke in any motor vehicle where a person under the age of 19 is present. It’s also unlawful to smoke in vehicles used in the course of employment while carrying two or more employees.

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