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Fines for smoking in cars with children, 11/09/14 [W]

The Welsh Government is proposing to ban smoking in cars carrying children, and imposing £50 fines as a punishment.

This is aimed at protecting children from the health risks of second-hand smoke while travelling in private vehicles. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke remains one of the biggest causes of health problems and premature death in Wales.

It would make it offence to smoke in any private vehicle carrying children, or for the driver of a vehicle to stop anyone else smoking where someone under 18 is present.

A 6-week consultation has been launched which sets out the proposals. The consultation also considers whether to legislate against the use of e-cigarettes in cars with children in the future.

Further details are available from the Welsh Government website.