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Wales considers car smoking ban

Thu, 11 Sep 2014

PEOPLE IN WALES caught smoking with children in their cars could be fined £50.

Drivers caught with a cigarette in hand at the wheel while youngsters are strapped up in the back could face an on-the-spot fine.

The move aims to protect youngsters from harm caused by second hand smoke, a Welsh government spokesman said.

A six week consultation on the plans has been launched today.

Under the proposed changes to the law in Wales, smoking will be banned in private vehicles where children under the age of 18 are present.

"Some people light up in their cars without thinking and believe that opening the window will help disperse the smoke; however it simply blows back into the car," said Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

"Children cannot escape from the toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke when travelling in vehicles."

Wales' Health Minister Mark Drakeford added: "Our aim is to protect the health of children and young people from the harm associated with exposure to second-hand smoke when travelling in private vehicles.

"Changing the law would protect children from the health harms associated with exposure to second-hand smoke in private vehicles, encourage action by smokers to protect children from second-hand smoke and lead to a reduction in health conditions in children caused by exposure to second-hand smoke."

By Ella Pickover, Press Association