Welsh Government to Ban Smoking in Cars with Children
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that smoking in cars with children present is to be banned in Wales after what he called ‘a landmark ruling’ by the Welsh government.
A consultation on the proposed new regulations which would impose a £60 fine and possible points on the licence of offenders will be launched shortly. The new regulations will be solely applicable in Wales but it’s expected that they will form a co-ordinated approach with the Department of Health in England where MPs have already voted for a similar ban.
The news comes at the same time as a new study by researchers at the University of Cardiff found that one in ten children are still exposed to smoke in private vehicles. Whilst welcoming the study which showed a general decrease from previous years.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford still feels a ban provides an important step in reducing exposure even further. “Although the research findings show that progress has been made in reducing children’s exposure to second-hand smoke in cars, we now believe the introduction of regulations to prohibit smoking in private vehicles carrying under-18s is needed as the final piece in the jigsaw to eliminate the harm and end persistent inequalities in exposure,” he said. The government would appear to have the overwhelming support of the public with a poll quoted by website Wales Online showing 84% of people in favour of a ban.
You can view the Cardiff University research here