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Smoking in cars ban would 'reduce health conditions'

Banning smoking in cars when children are present would reduce the number of youngsters suffering from second-hand smoke related health conditions, the Welsh health minister has said.

Our aim is to protect the health of children and young people from the harm associated with exposure to second-hand smoke when travelling in private vehicles.

Changing the law would protect children from the health harms associated with exposure to second-hand smoke in private vehicles, encourage action by smokers to protect children from second-hand smoke and lead to a reduction in health conditions in children caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

– Mark Drakeford

Wales considering banning smoking in cars

A ban on smoking in cars with children in England was backed by MPs in February.

Smokers in Wales who spark up in their car while travelling with an under-18 passenger could soon face a £50 fine, according to the Welsh Government.

A six week consultation on plans to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers caught with a cigarette in their hand was launched today.

The Welsh Government says the ban would protect children from toxic second hand smoke.

"Some people light up in their cars without thinking and believe that opening the window will help disperse the smoke; however it simply blows back into the car," said Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

"Children cannot escape from the toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke when travelling in vehicles."

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Peace marchers to deliver petition to Nato summit

The peace march here in Newport is on its way to the Celtic Manor Resort.

It is a three-mile march from the Cenotaph in Newport to Nato summit itself.

Protestors marching through Newport, Wales Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The march is unified really in its opposition to what Nato is doing in various parts of the world, from Ukraine to Afghanistan. They are concerned about issues in Iraq, in Iran and in Syria.

Demonstrator gather at the Ceontaph in Newport ahead of the march Credit: ITV News

We think there are probably around about 500 protesters, and the plan is when they reach the Celtic Manor, about three or four protesters will be allowed to hand over a petition which will then be taken to the summit itself.

Bird's eye shot of the march

Numbers 'definitely on the up' at Nato protest

ITV News Wales and West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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Specialist officers 'work to ensure safety' at Nato talks

Nato Wales Police has posted on Twitter ahead of the two-day summit in Newport:

'No fly zone' underway over Nato summit site in Wales

Nato Wales Police's official Twitter page reported ahead of the summit in Newport:

Amnesty protests over lack of women at Nato summit

ITV News Wales and West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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