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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban smoking near young children.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban smoking in privately owned cars carrying children.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have at present no plans to introduce further legislation to prohibit smoking in particular places or in cars not already covered by the 2006 smokefree legislation in England. However, we fully recognise the need to take action to prompt smokers to change their behaviour so that they do not smoke near children. The evidence of the danger to the health of children from second-hand tobacco smoke is irrefutable and we have, therefore, set out in The Tobacco Control Plan for England, published on 9 March 2011, a number of key actions, which the Government will take to reduce exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. In particular, we will work with national media to raise awareness of the risks in exposing children to second-hand tobacco smoke and support local areas to encourage smokers to change their behaviour so that they do not smoke in their homes or in family cars. The department's new marketing strategy for tobacco control will set out further details of how we will support efforts by local areas to encourage smokefree homes and family cars.

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