Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.
The regulations laid before Parliament propose banning smoking in cars containing under 18s. A fine of £50 will be issued to people who smoke or who fail to prevent another person smoking.
MPs will vote on the plans before the election – and if they are passed the change in law will come into force on 1 October 2015.
The move comes after a free vote in Parliament in February gave ministers the power to introduce the law, although it did not compel them to. Dr Hilary Wareing says children exposed to second-hand smoke in cars are more likely to have respiratory infections.
“The only effective way to protect children is to prevent them breathing second-hand smoke and our plans to stop smoking in cars carrying children will help us to do this.”
Why Stop Smoking in cars?
- Smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours even with a window open.
- Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer.
- Exposure has been strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.
- Research indicates 300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital.
- Smoking in a car creates a higher concentration of toxins than in a bar, some research has put it at 11 times higher.
- Bans on smoking in cars when children are present already exist in some US states, including California, as well as in parts of Canada and Australia.
The UK Government wants to make it an offence to sell “nicotine inhaling products” to anyone under the age of 18, except where it is used as licensed medicine.
Health minister Jane Ellison said: “Second-hand smoke is a real threat to children’s health and we want them to grow up free from the risks of smoking.
“The only effective way to protect children is to prevent them breathing secondhand smoke and our plans to stop smoking in cars carrying children will help us to do this.”
The World Health Organisation found that second-hand smoke is a “real and substantial threat to child health”, the DoH said.
Health problems have included increased susceptibility to pneumonia and bronchitis, worsening of asthma, decreased lung function, and sudden infant death syndrome, it added.
The British Lung Foundation estimates that 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every week.
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