MPs vote to ban smoking in cars with children present

MPs including Alex Cunningham, Stockton North MP, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children by 376 votes to 107, a majority of 269.

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MPs question how smoking car ban will be enforced

MPs have raised questions as to how the ban on smoking in cars carrying children will be enforced, with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.

The Health Secretary will be given the power to impose a ban despite the opposition.

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Smoking in cars is wrong, but a statutory ban? Who'll enforce it? Do we ban kids standing by fires next! I'm voting against it.

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I voted No to the Ban. I totally support the principle but think it will be unenforceable. Education needed.

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After much deliberation, I voted against nanny state ban on smoking in cars, I was in a minority, legislation is going to be interesting

Read: Medical charities 'delighted' with smoking ban result

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Labour: Smoking ban a great victory for child health

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children as a "great victory for child health", but warned ministers not to "kick this into into the long grass".

"This is a great victory for child health which will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people across our country. It is a matter of child protection, not adult choice," the MP said.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children. Credit: PA Wire

"A time-limited consultation may be necessary on the practical details of implementation, but we will be watching closely to ensure the Government don't try and kick this into the long grass."

Some MPs have questioned how the plans will be enforced with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.

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MPs hail 'massive victory' after smoking plans approved

MPs have hailed plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children after it was overwhelmingly voted through in the Commons.

Despite opposition from some Conservative MPs, including Cabinet members, MPs approved the ban by 376 votes to 107.

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Massive victory on banning smoking in cars with children! Brilliant news for children's health!

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376-107 to ban smoking in cars with children present....majority 169. Hurrah. Thanks it will make a difference to 500000 children.

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Pleased to support historic vote for ban on smoking in cars when children are passengers. Long way to go as regulations needed #blf14 #ASH

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Government will be 'banning smoking in home next'

A representative from a smokers' group has said the law should not be used to "stigmatise smokers as potentially unfit parents" after MPs approved plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the result and warned that the Government will ban smoking in the home next:

Legislation will have very little impact because so few adults still smoke in cars carrying children. Those that do will carry on because it will be very difficult to enforce.

The overwhelming majority of adult smokers know how to behave towards children and the law should reflect that.

It shouldn't be used to stigmatise them as potentially unfit parents who can't be trusted to do the right thing without state intervention.

If you believed everything you heard in the House about the threat to children's health it's a miracle anyone who was a child in the fifties and sixties, when a large majority of adults smoked, is still alive.

Government has banned smoking in public places. Now they're going to ban it in a private place. The home will be next.

Read: MPs hail 'massive victory' after smoking plans approved