Car smoking ban comes into force in England and Wales

30 September 2015

BBC News has reported today that drivers and passengers could face a penalty fine of £50 if they smoke in vehicles carrying children.

Smokers will be liable even if the windows are down or sunroof open whenever an under-18 is in the car.

However, the law will not apply to e-cigarettes or people who are driving in a convertible with the roof down.

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer. It is also strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.

Scotland is expected to consider bringing in its own law banning smoking in cars carrying children next year. Officials in Northern Ireland said they would see how the ban works elsewhere before deciding whether or not to bring the same law into force.

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