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Video warning on car smoking ban

From October it will be illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under 18 present

Mark Gould

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Department of Health has issued a video to accompany reminders that from October 1st it will be illegal to smoke in a car, or other vehicles, with anyone under 18 present. The law, which applies in England and Wales, is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. However the law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.

Every time a child breathes in second-hand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This puts them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse.

The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.

From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal:

  • for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or e-liquids to someone under 18
  • for adults to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18
  • to smoke in private vehicles that are carrying someone under 18

The rules apply to motorhomes, campervans and caravans when they are being used as a vehicle but don’t apply when they are being used as living accommodation.

The rules don’t apply to boats, ships and aircraft, as they have their own rules or work vehicles and public transport, as they are already covered by smokefree legislation.

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