Smoking in cars with children is set be outlawed in England from next October under Government plans.
The Department of Health says the regulations laid before Parliament are designed to “protect young people from the serious health harms of smoked tobacco”.
It means those in private vehicles carrying under 18’s could be fined £50, if they are caught smoking in cars with children.
Something you agree on? A debate has already begun and the legislation has not been officially signed.
There will be the parents and campaign groups who feel like this is the right move to make in law.
Campaign group Action on Smoking and Health welcomed plans.
The group’s chief executive Deborah Arnott said: “Second-hand smoke is just as harmful to adults as children and it makes it more difficult to enforce if it only applies to some cars, not all.”
She added: “Seatbelt laws don’t just apply to children, why should smoke-free car laws?”
But some may believe a move like this infringes on their basic human rights to smoke where they like and to do what they like in their own personal space.
What next; will the government impose measures to prevent smoking in the home?
Smokers’ group Forest has called the plans; “unnecessary, excessive and impractical”.
The group’s director Simon Clark said: “The overwhelming majority of smokers know smoking in a car with children is inconsiderate and they don’t do it.”
He added: “How is it going to be enforced? The police have better things to do than stop drivers they see smoking in case there’s a child in the back.”
Shockingly the British Lung Foundation estimates that 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every week.
Health minister Jane Ellison said: “The only effective way to protect children is to prevent them breathing second-hand smoke and our plans to stop smoking in cars carrying youngsters will help us to do this.”
In the young smoking can have the following health problems; asthma, decreased lung function, and sudden infant death syndrome.