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York Council Welcomes In-Car Child Smoking Ban


10:58am 11th February 2014

York Council celebrates victory for child health as Commons approves end of smoking in cars with children

City of York Council is in full support of the amendment made today (10 February 2014)  to the Children and Families Bill in the House of Lords; giving the Health Secretary the power to bring in the regulations of making it an offence to smoke in cars where children under 18 are present.

City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Services Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing said:  “Since the change in legislation adults are protected from second-hand smoke when in public places and in work vehicles so I am pleased to see that children could now be protected as well when travelling in a family car.  This is particularly important as it often isn’t a child’s choice whether to travel in a car where adults are smoking.  A healthy future for children is so important. I welcome the amendment to the Children and Families Bill and hope to see a change in legislation very soon to improve the health of our children.”

City of York Council’s Director of Health and Wellbeing Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones said: “A survey conducted in 2010 showed about one child in five reporting often being exposed to smoking in cars. Children are particularly vulnerable to second-hand smoke as they have smaller lungs and less developed immune systems. Smoke in cars is particularly dangerous, as children are confined and smoke concentration often reaches very high levels. Smoking continues to be the biggest cause of mortality in this country and now is the time to act to make a difference to the health of our future generations.”

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