The Welsh Government says it will consider the 'possibility' of legislation to ban smoking in cars, but that it will first wait for its' campaign against smoking in cars to end.
The Fresh Start Wales campaign, which encourages people not to smoke in cars, comes to an end in March. The Welsh Government says it will wait to assess the impact this campaign has had before considering whether to ban smoking in cars altogether.
The amendment to the Children and Families Bill, voted on in Westminster yesterday, gives both the UK Government and the Welsh Government powers to ban smoking in cars carrying children if that course of action is chosen.
The Fresh Start Wales campaign, which encourages parents and others to keep cars carrying children smoke-free, comes to an end in March this year. We have consistently stated that we will consider the possibility of legislation once we have fully evaluated the impact of the campaign. We have commissioned studies of children’s exposure to second hand smoke in cars and results will be available in the summer.
MPs have supported calls to ban smoking in cars. In a vote in the House of Commons last night, MPS voted to give England's Health Secretary the power to impose a ban in England. The move also allows the Welsh Government to introduce it in Wales.
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Smoking in cars should be banned period! You can't eat or drink behind the wheel so why should you be allowed to smoke?
– Jan Shanahan on Facebook
Smoking is not good I agree but I am hooked. Common sense is needed in everything. I don't smoke in the house, even in this weather I go outside, to make yet another law is outrageous. The police have bigger issues to deal with.
– Mike Jones on Facebook
Why do we need a ban on smoking in cars with children? It's common sense to most people not to do it.