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ELF: MPs in the UK in favour of a ban on smoking in cars with children

The European Lung Foundation (ELF) welcomes a vote in the UK Parliament in favour of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which empowers, but does not compel, Ministers to bring a ban into England. This amendment would mean the UK is the first country to support a ban.

Bans on smoking in cars when children are present already exist in some states in the US, including California, as well as in parts of Canada and Australia.

The recent ban in the UK was supported by a number of patient organisations based in the country, including the British Lung Foundation. Penny Woods, chief executive of the foundation, said:

"Having campaigned on this issue for many years, we’re absolutely delighted that MPs have backed the ban on smoking in cars carrying children. This could prove a great leap forward for the health of our nation’s children."

More than 700 healthcare professionals, including several members of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), also a HEAL member, signed a petition in the UK supporting the ban.

In a letter published in the British Medical Journal, the signatories urged policymakers to support the public health measure, which aims to protect the wellbeing of children now and in the future.

Read the original letter here

Read the original news article here

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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