Smoking in cars carrying children to be banned next year

December 18, 2014

The UK Government are planning to set new laws for those who are smoking in cars with children.

Smoking in cars carrying children is dangerous and we all know about it. The British Lung Foundation research says, an estimated 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand every week in a family car.

The ban will be welcomed by the medical groups, health charities and anti-smoking organisations, which has become concerned in recent months about the DH’s failure to bring forward regulations enacting something parliament has already approved. David Cameron is also among those who support the ban. In February, Mr Cameron said – the time has come to introduce the new offence to protect children and young people from the effects of smoking.

“MPs will vote on the plants before the election and if the rule passed then the change will effect on 1st October.”

If someone fails to follow the rules, then it could costs of £50 fine.

If the rule passed, then England will become the second European country to prohibit smoking in cars carrying children under 18.

Jane Ellison, the public health minister said: “Second-hand smoke is a real risk to children’s health and we want them to grow up free from the risks of smoking.”

Smoking in cars –

  • Contains more than 4,000 chemicals and some of them are known to cause cancer.
  • The dangerous smoke normally stays in the air for up to two and half hours even with a window open.
  • Some research says smoking in cars is 11 times higher than smoking in bar.
  • Research also says, each year 300,000 children in the UK might affected due to dangerous toxins where 9,500 children under 18s visit hospital for treatment.
  • Some of the countries have already implemented bans on smoking in cars including California as well as parts of California and Australia. 

The Scotland and Wales are also planning to bring the ban on smoking in cars, that will come after England’s. Northern Ireland said, it was considering ban.