Smoking in cars with children is a bad idea.
While the dangers of passive smoking are typically overstated, the evidence of harm to children from smoking regularly in enclosed spaces is strong. Children are particularly vulnerable to smoke because their lungs and immune systems are less well developed. Smoking in a car with your kid in the back seat is bad parenting, plain and simple. If this is something you do, you should stop doing it.
A ban would not be that difficult to enforce. Saying a new law is 'unworkable' is one of the great refrains of British politics. In fact, most laws are highly workable, not least because Brits tend to follow the rules. If we've banned smoking in public places we'll be able to ban it in cars too.
The problem with the policy, which Labour is pushing through via an amendment to the children and families bill in the Lords today, is that it allows the state into your private property to demand that you make healthy life choices and threaten you with legalRead More »from Banning smoking in cars with kids is an abuse of state power