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Call for complete smoking ban in cars

Tue, 08 Apr 2014

A COMPLETE BAN on smoking in cars should be introduced by law. That is the finding of a study of driver attitudes, where 71% said the Government should go further than it presently does to people smoking in cars.

Of 7500 people polled, the study found 71% also believe smoking in cars should be made a criminal offence if children are in the car at the same time.

This backs up the Children and Families Bill that MPs voted on last month that empowers Government to introduce a ban on smoking in cars when children are in them at the same time.

Passive smoking is known to cause greater health problems in children and the effects linger even after the cigarette has been stubbed out.

The study was commissioned by Motorpoint and its Managing Director Mike Carpenter said: ‘Our poll clearly shows that the bulk of motorists would like to see the Government extend the scope of existing laws and see smoking ‘stubbed out’ completely in cars in this country.’

By Press Association reporters