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Health Minister: 90% support smoking ban in cars carrying children

by Lynn Courtney

The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, says despite an increase in the numbers of people who don't smoke in cars when children are present there is still a stubborn percentage of people who still do. He says he wants to close that gap and introducing the law will make the final difference.

Calls to ban smoking in cars with children: Your views

The Welsh Government have announced they will introduce a law which will ban smoking in cars when children are present.

We've been getting your views on this on our Facebook page.

It shouldn't need to be baned in my opinion. People should just use their common sense and NOT do it.

– Lucy Guy

I totally agree. Smoke shouldn't be allowed anywhere near children or other people who don't smoke. At the same time, smoking is a person's choice.

– Paul Kerr

I didn't think something like this would need to be banned... People should have the common sense not to smoke in cars with children present anyway!

– Emma Cooksey

You can join in the conversation on our Facebook page, just search for ITV Wales.

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BMA Cymru welcome smoking in cars with children ban

BMA Cymru Wales has welcomed the Welsh Government's move to introduce a ban on smoking in cars with children.

This is an important step forward in reducing tobacco harm by stopping children from being exposed to second-hand smoke in private vehicles.

Children are still developing physically and, as a result, they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Adults who smoke in the presence of children are not acting in the children’s best interest; therefore it is the Welsh Government’s duty to change legislation in order to protect them.

– Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh Secretary, BMA

Let us know what you think of these proposals by emailing us on wales@itv.com, or getting in touch on twitter @itvwales.

Health Minister to consult public on smoking ban in cars

The Welsh Government have announced they will introduce a law which will ban smoking in cars when children are present.

Legislation around smoking is a devolved matter, and so would only apply to Wales.

The Welsh Government will soon open a consultation on the proposal, and the Health Minister urges the public to have their say.

Mark Drakeford AM said: "We now believe the introduction of regulations to prohibit smoking in private vehicles carrying under-18s is needed as the final piece in the jigsaw to eliminate the harm and end persistent inequalities in exposure."

Smokers face ban in cars carrying children

The Welsh Government are to introduce a law which will ban smoking in cars when children are present.

The announcement was made by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones and the Health Minister Mark Drakeford this morning.

People could be banned from smoking in cars carrying children Credit: PA

According to the Welsh Government, the law would aim to "protect children from the avoidable harms associated with passive smoking."

A consultation on the proposal will be launched shortly.

The First Minister said: "While I welcome the fact the number of children being exposed to smoking in cars has declined, a sizeable minority of young people are still being exposed and adults continue to smoke in their cars when children are present."

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Simple changes needed to tackle preventable deaths

The college says that it recognises the key role healthcare professionals have to play in tackling child deaths, but that broader issues are a contributing factor to most avoidable mortalities.

Every family has the right to high quality healthcare and support, regardless of postcode or income. However it's clear from current figures that Wales is falling short of this and at the cost of hundreds of children's lives.

We know there has already been a lot of good work around child mortality in Wales but what we need now is for the Welsh Government to utilise its devolved powers by making simple yet effective policy changes to tackle the most preventable deaths.

We call on the Welsh Government to stop, listen and implement these recommendations or I fear the gap between rich and poor will widen and children's health will suffer further.

– Dr Mair Parry, Officer for Wales, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Growing poverty gap affecting child health, doctors say

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report warns that the growing poverty gap in the UK is affecting child health with children from deprived areas in Wales almost twice as likely to die as those from a less deprived area.

The report makes a number of recommendations where the Welsh Government and devolved powers could help children in Wales 'survive and thrive.'

These include:

  • developing targeted awareness campaigns to support safe sleeping and the dangers of smoking during pregnancy
  • prioritising universal access to health visiting services across Wales
  • ensuring all schools in Wales have procedures to support pupils with medical conditions.

Doctors call for action over 'avoidable' child deaths

Almost two thirds of children who die in Wales are under the age of one, according to the report Credit: Â Jochen Luebke/PA archive

Paediatricians in Wales are calling on the Welsh Government to introduce a series of public health measures to help reduce the number of avoidable child deaths.

A new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health found that 61 per cent of children who die in Wales are under the age of one.

The report - 'Why Children Die' - says that Wales is the worst performing country in the UK and calls for more to be done to develop awareness campaigns promoting safe sleeping and the dangers of smoking during pregnancy.

For older children, the report cites injuries and poor management of medical conditions as contributing to preventable mortality in childhood.

Welsh Government calls for 'action' on NHS staff illness

The Welsh Government says it expects action from NHS Wales to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, and manage sickness absence effectively.

The Welsh Government recognises the importance of improving the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and this includes managing sickness absence effectively to ensure staff are available to the meet the demands of the service.

The Health Minister expects NHS Wales to take action to ensure this happens.

The rate of sick absence has fallen over the last 12 months by some 6,000 staff days.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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