England and Wales Ban Smoking Inside Cars if Children Are PresentChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Oct 02, 2015 00:57 IST
Fines will be handed out to people caught smoking inside vehicles that have children inside in Wales and England, as new measures for antismoking have been expanded to protect children from second-hand smoke dangers. The ban started on October 1, Thursday but police likely will not issue that many fines until the public is able to become accustomed to the new regulation.
In a statement by the National Police Chiefs Council, the council said police would take an advisory, educational and non-confrontational approach for the first 90 days of the new ban.
The police said warnings would be given out rather than fines being issued during this period.
Smoking advocates have called the law unenforceable. However, health officials as well as anti-smoking groups have hailed the new measure as one of the most important since a general smoking ban was placed in the workplace and public places that are enclosed that took effect in 2007 across England.
The British Lung Foundation chief, Penny Woods said this new regulation brings Wales and England into line with many other nations that have taken measures that are similar.
Today is a true cause for celebrating for those caring about the protection of the health of many generations to come.
The new measure means that anyone who is smoking inside a vehicle with a child under the age of 18 inside faces a fine of 50 or $75.
Drivers also face a similar penalty even if they were not the ones smoking.
This new law applies even if the windows or the sunroof of the vehicle is open.
Convertibles are not included in the measure if the car s top is down in has been properly stowed.
Use of e-cigarettes does not fall under this legislation. The ban does not include Northern Ireland or Scotland.
England and Wales Ban Smoking Inside Cars if Children Are Present