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Smoke-free private vehicles

Smoking in carWe are calling for a ban on smoking in private vehicles to protect all passengers, extending the recent ban on smoking in vehicles when children are present. The regulations were passed and the law will be in force on 1st October 2015.

Smoking in private vehicles is a concentrated source of second-hand smoke and the act of smoking can also distract drivers from the road.

 

Lobbying victory

The Children and Families Bill returned to the House of Commons on Monday 10 February 2014, where MPs were given a free vote on whether to accept or reject amendments to allow the Government to make smoking in a vehicle illegal where children are present.

MPs voted 376 -107 in favour of a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.  We are pleased that MPs have taken an important step towards reducing tobacco harm.

Read the debate transcript

The Government laid regulations in parliament to introduce a ban on smoking in private vehicles when children are present in January 2015. The BMA briefed MPs and Peers urging them to support these regulations. The regulations were passed and the law will be in force on 1st October 2015.

Read the BMA briefing

Previous Government action

The Department of Health launched a campaign in 2012 to stress the dangers of second-hand smoke in cars and homes.

Its figures suggest that, in England alone, there were 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions in 2011 as a result of children inhaling second-hand smoke.

The Welsh government also launched its Fresh Start Wales campaign in 2012 to prevent parents smoking in cars carrying children. 

But at the same time, it is considering allowing actors to smoke in films and television programmes made in Wales.

 

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