Pro-smoking lobby group Forest has questioned the need for a change to smoking legislation, after South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume proposed plans to ban smoking in cars with children.
– Simon Clark, Director, Forest
"Most smokers are sensible enough to know that lighting up in a car with children is inconsiderate at best and research suggests that only a tiny minority still do it.
"Education has to be better than yet another law that would be very difficult to enforce."
"A ban on smoking in private vehicles would represent a major intrusion into people's private lives. What next, a ban on smoking in the home if children are present?"
“We don’t encourage adults to smoke in cars carrying children but legislation is out of all proportion to the problem.”
A South of Scotland MSP is launching a bid to make it illegal for people to smoke in cars with children in them.
Jim Hume is hoping to introduce a members bill at the Scottish Parliament to bring in the ban.
Australia, Canada and South Africa have laws that ban people smoking with children in their cars.
“Passive smoking is entirely avoidable and a private vehicle is one of the few places a child can still be legally exposed to tobacco smoke.
"I want to change this so that we can better safeguard the rights of children in Scotland and give them the healthiest start in life.
"I'll be making that case to MSP's today when I launch the consultation, but I hope that people and organisations from across Scotland will have their say.
– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland
"A host of supportive organisations such as Children in Scotland, the British Lung Foundation, ASH Scotland and the British Heart Foundation will attend the launch today.
"I hope that MSPs of all parties will attend and put their questions to myself and to the experts who are supporting these proposals."
A proposal to ban smoking in cars when under 16's are present is to be launched by South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume later today (Tuesday 28th May).
The consultation launch will provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposals, the scientific arguments for changing the law and the opinions of children on being exposed to second-hand smoke.