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MSP calls for smoking ban in cars carrying 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.

“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.

"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."

– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland

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