February 19, 2015

Smoking in cars carrying children to be banned

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”.

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