Ban on smoking in cars carrying children backed by Lords

According to the BBC, the Lords have backed a Labour plan to ban smoking in cars carrying children, despite opposition from the government.

Labour has said it is all about protecting children.

Is this right, that there is opposition from the government to ban adults smoking in cars carrying children? We hear that the government is open to hearing the arguments for the case.

Some facts about Passive smoking

  • Smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours even with a window open. This also applies in small enclosed places – like cars
  • Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke has been strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children
  • Bans on smoking in cars when children are present already exist in some US states, including California, as well as in parts of Canada and Australia


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