House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make smoking in cars which contain children an offence.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to reduce the impact of passive smoking on children.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We strongly urge people to stop smoking in cars, especially those used to transport children. We have no plans to legislate on this at present but we are committed to reviewing the smoke-free law later this year. As part of that review we will take into consideration the recommendations on ending smoking in cars which were included in the report Passive Smoking and Children published by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians on 24 March.

As set out in A Smokefree Future, a copy of which has been placed in the Library, we will continue to raise awareness about the harms of secondhand smoke. We will continue to support people to make their homes and their cars smoke free. We will focus our efforts on communities with the highest smoking rates so as to have the greatest impact on children's exposure to secondhand smoke.

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