If Governor Paterson signs a new law expected to pass the Senate today, it could cost you $100 to light up a Lady Carlton while driving Junior to his tether-ball tournament. (Actually, make that $111, because the new cigarette tax went into effect today, too!) Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, a Democrat from Queens, is sponsoring a bill that would make it illegal for occupants of a car to smoke if there's anyone younger than 14 in the car. Even if they're in the way-way back!

"A child gets in the car where mommy or daddy or Aunt Nancy are smoking and doesn’t have the option of leaving," Stavisky tells City Room. Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, a Democrat from Flushing, sponsored the bill in the Assembly, where it passed last week. The original bill would have carried the possibility of jail time and a maximum $500 fine, but Mayersohn says the punishment was scaled back to make it an "educational bill more than a punitive bill. We just want to give the kids a voice."

But what about grownups who are stuck with smoking children? Won't someone think of the adults?