ASH calls for a debate in England on banning smoking in all cars with kids present..

October 8, 2008 - Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) is calling for a debate in England on banning smoking in all cars. Is a debate necessary - this is a no-brainer - just get it done.

The first Anniversary (July 1,2008) of England's smokefree law shows the public ready to accept even stronger tobacco control measures. A government survey revealed that in England: 77% of adults support a ban on smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18.

In developing the British Department of Health's new National Tobacco Control Strategy the second main area entitled: Protecting children and young adults from smoking includes the statement protecting children from secondhand smoke to prevent future generations suffering poor health caused by tobacco. (On May 31, 2008 the British Government's Department of Health (DH) released the paper on the the future of tobacco control.)

Vehicles Have Been Found to be the Most Dangerous Space for Second-Hand Smoke Levels.. Secondhand (environmental,involuntary, passive) Smoke: Blood Vessel Damage Within Minutes...

Banning smoking when children are in the car is a no-brainer - even Philip Morris agrees. David Sutton, a spokesman for Philip Morris USA said the company believes the public "should be guided by the conclusions of public health officials regarding the health effects of secondhand smoke" and "particular care should be exercised where children are concerned."

Related news briefs: Nicotine Dependence in Kids Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke.. and Maine - illegal to smoke in cars while children present...

Reference: CALL TO BAN SMOKING IN YOUR CAR by Martyn Brown, Daily Express, 10/8/2008.

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