Are you in agreement with the ban of smoking in cars with children?

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A new law against smoking in cars carrying children will be introduced in England and Wales tomorrow.

However, police will turn a blind eye to those caught flouting the law and drivers will instead get away with a warning rather than the £50 fine for first three months of new law, intended to protect young people from second-hand smoke.

There appears to be potential now for a mixed message if the education not prosecution approach is adopted.   In cases where the passenger is the smoker both they and the driver will be deemed to have committed an offence. Electronic cigarettes are not covered because they do not emit toxic fumes. But motorists who hang their cigarettes out of the window will still be committing an offence.

How do you feel about the changes in the Law? Do you currently smoke in the car with children present? Do you agree with the ‘education not prosecution’ approach? Or do you think people will only change their attitude when the risk of being prosecuted is greater? 

Are you in agreement with the ban of smoking in cars with children?

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widelens
20th Nov 2015
0
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I agree with the ban...I used to smoke but now have more money to spend on all kinds of goodies/toys/trips etc ... plus if it helps break the cycle of smokers begatting smokers then we would all be healthier and put a little less stress on the NHS.
daydreams
23rd Oct 2015
1
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I've said Yes, because children don't have the choice about breathing in the smoke, whereas the adults have the choice not to smoke around them, and not just in the car.
Barbara58
22nd Oct 2015
1
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I agree BUT - it must stop there! Adult drivers should still be allowed to smoke in a car - It's not the distraction that eating is. Soon a ban on smoking anywhere outside is bound to follow and I believe smokers DO have rights!
And - @ smokers - put your butts out in the car or, if at a restaurant and smoking outside in the freezing cold, put your butt IN the ashtray, or back in the packet to dispose of later NOT ON THE GROUND!!!!!!!!!
grammamia
17th Oct 2015
0
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It is ok in principle for someone to sit in an office and say people should not smoke in cars with children, but how does it work in practice? It is virtually impossible to police, just like the mobile phone law. Anyway, I think it is the responsibility of the parents to make these decisions and if they are that stupid, they will likely smoke in the house too, so who is going to stop that? I do believe that the state is taking too much control away from parents as it is.
roverT33
16th Oct 2015
1
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I used to be a smoker and until I could break the mindset of being one I didn't care. So a period of education is fine but just how long that should is debatable. There have a been a lot of campaigns over the years about giving up. And you can get free advice and free medication to help yourself. And I do think people will only change their attitude when the risk of being prosecuted is greater. It will be a slow process. But It does take awhile to educate people.
JayneW2
16th Oct 2015
2
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I was very very asthmatic as a child and my father smoked massive cigars in the car which made me throw up out of the car window on a regular basis. Disgusting habit.
mollyh
16th Oct 2015
4
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Hi, smoking in cars should be banned. But can it be enforced? The only way to stop this disgusting habit is to shame the people who are doing it into voluntarily stopping. Also the children in the car having to breath in this toxic filth can shout very Loud to the person who is doing it, STOP KILLING ME.
britmale
11th Oct 2015
2
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if we cannot police burglary, and many other more serious problems how is this going to be policed. I think this is just another waste of public money and police time. I DONT SMOKE
ansel
5th Oct 2015
1
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I am doing Stoptober...but I never smoked in my car for a long time...it stinks. I would never ever smoke in a car with anyone in ...never mind a child .....my grandson aged 4 had not seen me or any friends or family smoking before...2 weeks ago he came into the garden when I was smoking and said ...what are you doing with that Firestick Nanna !!!..in his eyes thats what it was...the sweetie.
Karen Cooper
4th Oct 2015
1
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I agree with the idea of not smoking in cars, but I am a non smoker and know how it affected me in my childhood years.I still see people with their mobile phones stuck to their ears whilst driving. I agree that it can take your concentration from driving as can reaching for a cigarette and lighting it. Enforcement is so way down the list of priorities as the police have more than enough work to do without the extra manpower needed to enforce a no smoking ban in cars. I have asthma and still smell lingering smoke at bus stops after smokers have gotten on a bus and it still affects my breathing but it is outside therefore acceptable. In a confined space however, there should be adequate ventilation whilst smoking. I cannot see a total ban of cigarette smoking in cars working. These "new e-cigarettes" meant to help smokers come off cigarettes smell and affect me just as much. Obviously, children's health should come first but smoking is an addiction like drug abuse and alcoholism therefore hard for someone to stop. What is the next step? Stopping people smoking at home, especially where there were children. How would that be enforced? We know that we can catch cancer just by passive smoking just as much as the smoker but that will not stop someone smoking if they feel the need.
JimSharp1936
3rd Oct 2015
3
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It should be child abuse to smoke around children in confined spaces such as a car or a small room, etc.
HebdenDragon
2nd Oct 2015
8
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This shouldn't have to be a law - common sense should tell anyone who smokes that children need to be protected, not made ill - even the slightest chance of hurting a child should make anyone NOT smoke around children. I'm a non-smoker since 1984 but even then I didn't smoke around children.
roverT33
16th Oct 2015
0
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common sense is a rare commodity in these dangerous days...
thefilthycripple
1st Oct 2015
2
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Here we have yet another ludicrous law that is totally unenforceable ! This is another example of the anti smoking enforcing their will . I am a lifelong non smoker but if smoking is so wrong then the Government should ban it and give up the vast revenues they earn from it . .
ansel
5th Oct 2015
2
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It probably is not enforceable but I think it may still deter people from lighting up in a car with children in...my neighbour regularly smokes in her car with her 2 young grandchildren in and they are now 5 and 8.... and they have never had booster seats in their cars.
judyap
1st Oct 2015
3
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I agree with the idea, but its impossible to implement it. The Police are not really interested. Already with the ban on mobile phones, it is still very easy to see people blatantly using them. Only a very few people are caught.. These things may be against the law, but who is going to take any notice! Sometimes the law is an ass!
teenyweeny
1st Oct 2015
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Cars are peoples private domain, what they do in them is their own personal choice. There is too much dictatorship from the government regarding smoking! And I might add, I am a non-smoker!
preciouspumpkin
1st Oct 2015
1
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I don't know why this has taken so long. If you are smoking one hand is not properly in control of the car. Using the mobile phone has been a no no for a while, so why not smoking. This is meant to protect the child in the car from smoke, what about the safety of people outside of the car from a driver not properly in control of the car? On the other hand, I can see that where one would normally make ones own decision, this option has now been taken away and could be another way in which the "Nanny State" is taking over our lives. I have been a lifelong non-smoker, but my parents were both heavy smokers so I remember, clearly, the awful smell of ashtrays and stale cigarette smoke.
Stafilos
1st Oct 2015
3
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Yes, I am in full agreement with a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, I smoked for over 40 years and now suffer from COPD, you can pass this on to your child if you expose them to your smoke in confined spaces. Don't condemn any child to this debility.
munga43
1st Oct 2015
1
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When I was a teenager in the 1960's it was cool to smoke, most everybody did it. I started when I lost my first baby at the age of 6 weeks and 4 days old. I was only eighteen and the sorrow was unbelievable, smoking was a comfort. Three years later, I had a baby girl who was born with a congenital clicking hip and was put into plaster casts for 14 months, each one successfully bigger as she grew. At the age of 21 months she finally was free of the casts and proceeded to learn to walk. 5 years after that, I had another daughter who was born intellectually disabled. By then we had emigrated to Australia. My daughters are now aged 51 years (she suffers severe back pain) and 46 (she is now in a wheelchair). I am now 72 and smoking is right for me.
JohnHerb
30th Sep 2015
4
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Yes I think there should be a ban and I think its crazy to educate people and not prosecute them. The problem for the police is its just more work for them and if someone drives past with smoke blowing out how do they know its not an e-cig?. If the law says stop it stop it and if people don't follow the law fine them. problem for young kids is they are passive smokers and we now know how bad smoking is. And that's from me who used to smoke Marlboro cigs 40 years ago-loved them but stopped as they were unhealthy

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