Over the past few weeks, there’s been a fair bit of debate about whether smoking should be banned in cars if children are present.
A ban to stop adults smoking in a car when a child’s a passenger IS expected to go ahead.
Following a vote passed by the House of Lords a few weeks ago, MPs from all parties voted last night for the ban to happen. The move was approved with a huge show of cabinet support with the final count being 376 to 107.
This means that the health secretary Jeremy Hunt can now make it illegal to smoke in a car when a baby is present. Over 700 health professionals have reportedly written to MPs to urge them to support the ban, saving children from enclosed contact with cigarette smoke.
Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, was delighted at the vote’s outcome, saying, ‘The introduction of a law that would help prevent hundreds of thousands of children from being exposed to second-hand smoke in the car is now within reach.
‘With both Houses of Parliament having made their support for the ban clear, the onus is now on the Government to act accordingly and make this crucial child protection measure law at the earliest opportunity.’
Watch this space for further updates.
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