From October 1st it will no longer be legal to smoke in a privately owned car with any person aged 18 or younger present. Anyone who disregards this law will be fined £50. It is the duty of the driver to ensure the law is followed, or the driver and the smoker could individually be fined £50 each.
When a child breathes in second hand smoke, they are subject to thousands of chemicals that could put them at risk of developing life changing conditions. Every year, more than 430,000 children have to breathe second hand smoke whilst in the family car, as they cannot avoid the toxic fumes.
Even with an open window, chemicals can linger in the air for up to 4 hours after the cigarette has been put out; particularly in the confined space of a car.
This new law is coinciding with the current smoke-free regulations aiming to cut down the amount of smokers and improve the health of the population. It is hoped that this enforcement is a success, and will change behaviours and attitude towards smoking.
This smoking ban is hoping to be extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland in the near future.
An alternative to smoking cigarettes in the car would be to buy electronic cigarettes from OK E-Cigs. E-cigarettes are excluded from the ban. With no toxic fumes found in the exhaled vapour of e-cigs, research has found that vaping is ‘as safe as breathing air’.