Welsh government bans smoking in cars with child passengers
Last month saw Wales become the first country in the UK to deal with smoking in cars when there are children present.
"Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones heralds 'landmark proposal' after campaign brings reduction in smoking habits
The Welsh government says Wales is the first country in the UK to tackle the issue of smoking in cars when children are present.
A ban on in cars when are present is to be introduced by the Welsh government, first minister, Carwyn Jones, has announced. The government in Cardiff said a consultation on what it called a "landmark proposal" will be introduced shortly. Two years ago, the Labour-run government launched its to try to persuade people from smoking in private vehicles when children were present.It is claiming some concluding that the number of people who do not allow smoking in their main car has increased, from 71% in September 2011 to 76% in November 2013. The research found that the number of children who said that smoking was allowed in the family car when they were in it had halved to around 10%. But Jones said: "We made clear throughout that campaign we would consider the possibility of legislation when evidence of prevalence of smoking in cars carrying children in is available. "While I welcome the fact the number of children being exposed to smoking in cars has declined, a sizeable minority of young people are still being exposed and adults continue to smoke in their cars when children are present." He added: "We will press ahead with plans to ban people smoking in cars carrying children." The government says Wales was the first country in the UK to tackle the issue of smoking in vehicles when children are present. Legislation on banning smoking is a devolved matter and new regulations would apply only to Wales. But the Cardiff administration said it was liaising with the Department of Health in England to coordinate the two governments' approaches. In England, MPs voted earlier this year to ban the practice".