Fresh calls for car smoking ban

A South of Scotland MSP says he has had widespread support for his proposal to ban people smoking in cars if their children are with them.

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'Medical groups are backing car smoking ban' says MSP

Driver smoking in a car with children present Credit: ITV News Border

A South of Scotland MSP says he has had widespread support for his proposal to ban people smoking in cars if their children are with them.

Jim Hume says similar laws have been successfully introduced in countries like Australia and Canada.

Children surrounded by smoke in the car Credit: ITV News Border

Smokers rights groups say the government should not interfere in people's private space, but Mr Hume says many medical groups are backing the plans:

"Well I have a lot of support. The Royal College of Physicians are backing me, British Medical Association, British Heart Foundaton, British Lung Foundation, and Cancer Research UK are all backing me and will be helping me with this bill."

A child in the car whilst the driver is smoking Credit: ITV News Border

Car kids smoking ban plea

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is planning to launch a campaign to ban smoking in cars when children are present.

Australia, Canada and South Africa are among those countries who have already banned smoking in vehicles.

Mr Hume will consult on a proposal for a Members' Bill at Holyrood.

"Scotland faces an enormous challenge in changing our relationship with tobacco.

"By banning adults from smoking in their cars whilst children are present, we can build a fairer society which gives every child the best start in life.

"It doesn't seem fair that children should suffer from passive smoking during the school run.

"It doesn't seem fair that any child should have to be swallowed up in a cloud of tar and nicotine on their way to football or dance classes."

– MSP Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat

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