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News - 11 February 2015

England bans smoking in cars with children

From 1 October 2015, smoking in a car with children as passengers will be banned as a measure to protect young people under 18 from second-hand smoke.

Scotland is also considering introducing a ban.

Anyone found flouting the law in England could be fined £50.

The regulations were passed in the Commons after 342 MPs voted in favour of legislation while just 74 voted against.

Mike Twomey, Health & Safety officer for ABDS comments:
“According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week. Smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours even with a window open. The ban, however, will not apply to anyone driving alone or in a convertible with the top down.”

Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, said: "We know that many children feel embarrassed or frightened to ask adults to stop smoking which is why the regulations are an important step in protecting children from the harms of second-hand smoke."

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "This is a tremendous victory.”

But Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said the legislation was excessive.
"The police won't be able to enforce the law on their own so the government will need a small army of snoopers to report people."

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer

Exposure to second-hand smoke has been strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children

The ban comes as a consultation has been taking place on proposals to ban under-18s from buying electronic cigarettes.

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