Smoking in cars that are carrying children will be banned in England from 1 October.
This law change was announced after 342 MPs voted in favour, with only 74 against. Those caught smoking with children in the car could face a £50 fine.
According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 400,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every week in England. Smoking just a single cigarette in a car exposes children to high levels of air pollutants and cancer-causing chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde and tar.
However, a group which campaigns for the right to smoke, called the law “excessive” and said the Government should not be interfering in people’s “private space”.