Published on February 3, 2014 | by Archie Velarde0
Move to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids
Labour has suggested an amendment to the Children’s and Families Bill that would make it an illegal for a driver to fail to stop smoking in a vehicle with a child is on board.
Under the proposals, anyone caught would be fined £60 or have to attend a ‘smoke-free’ awareness course.
Research has shown that the fumes passengers breathe in are up to 11 times more concentrated than those in a pub full of smoke. Labour introduced the smoking ban in pubs in 2007.
Alison Hooper – manager of the ‘Lewisham Stop Smoking Services’ – is on board with the proposals saying its a brilliant idea.
“Its a really good idea. You have children trapped in cars with smoke, and the smoke is very concentrated, so the damage is greater” – Alison Hooper
A ban is already in place in parts of the world including some states in America, Australia, Canada and a few countries in Europe.
According to supporters of the ban there is a vast amount of public support towards the proposal.
A survey from YouGov in 2011 found 78% of adults in the United Kingdom agree that smoking should be banned in cars carrying under 18’s, while 44% agreed that smoking should be banned in all cars.