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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.