If you are found to be smoking in a car with a child under the age of 18 you could face a penalty fine of up to £50 regardless of whether the windows are down or sunroof open. Drivers in convertible cars with the roof open will still be allowed to smoke with children present. Police have hinted that they will initially take a non-confrontational approach.

Passive smoking is a major cause of child health problems here in the UK. According to statistics from the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to passive smoke in cars each week.

Passive Smoking in Cars:

  • Smoke can linger for up to 2.5 hours after the cigarette is lit even with the window open.
  • Second-hand smoke still contains over 4000 chemicals, some of which can cause cancer.
  • Passive smoking has been linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.
  • Research has shown that around 300,000 children in the UK visit the GP because of issues associated with second-hand smoke.
  • Research has shown that smoking in cars creates a concentration of toxins 11 ties higher than that of a bar.

But will  these new laws work?

The car smoking ban is not only in the interest of public health, which is sure to help the new legislation stick, but it also helps to further make smoking a socially unacceptable habit.

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