Labour MP has called for a ban on smoking in cars where children are present, arguing it will have tremendous health benefits
A call for a law against smoking in cars that contain children has been made by Labour MP Alex Cunningham. The MP argues that children are especially susceptible to the effects of passive smoking and cannot avoid it in cars filled with cigarette smoke.
Alex admitted that the car is a private space for people but insisted that it belongs to children as well and they need to be protected from dangerous smoke.
“Adults can make up their own mind about the dangers of smoking. It is children we need to protect. The fact that children can be exposed to such an environment in cars is reason enough to bring in a ban on smoking in private vehicles where they are present,” said the Labour MP.
“I can’t see how it would be a real hardship to anyone to stop smoking in private vehicles and the benefits will be tremendous,” he added.
The Labour MP pointed out that such a ban has already been introduced in several USA states, California included, and claims that it has growing support in the UK among health campaigners and the public.
One Tory MP called it “ludicrous” and “over the top”. Another Tory MP, Philip Davies, said it is up to the parents whether they smoke in cars or not and that there's a “complete lack of evidence” for the benefits of such a ban.
MPs voted for the bill to be considered at a later date by 78 to 66.
I think it's a great idea but is it going to get enforced. The ban on driving in works vehicles seems to of done nothing in this area. The local council use CCTV to fine people for throwing cig ends out of car windows (especially taxis) but other then that there are loads of people still smoking. I think the most amazing thing would be people doing it for their children, not just because it's the law. I'm not all anti-smoking as I smoked for 12 years but as soon as I was pregnant with Mia that was it and I've not had one since. The thought of kids breathing in smoke in cars or when adults are right in their face smoking makes me so sad.
And, I agree Charmaine, it can be dangerous smoking and driving. The amount of times I've not been concentrating in the past trying to get my ash out the window. In all honesty I'm surprised I've never had an accident.
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