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Passive Smoking: Children

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to protect children from exposure to passive smoke.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government's Tobacco Control Plan for England, “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Tobacco Control Plan for England”, published on 9 March 2011, sets out a range of Government action, including action to protect children from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

Although the exposure of children to second-hand tobacco smoke has come down in recent years, we want this to reduce further. We want smokers to change their behaviour so as to make sure that they do not harm those around them, particularly children exposed to second-hand in the home or in family cars. We will work with national media to raise awareness of the risks in exposing children to second-hand smoke.

The Department's new marketing strategy for tobacco control, which will be published this summer, will set out further details of how we will support efforts to encourage people to recognise the risks of second-hand smoke and to make their homes and private cars smokefree.

A copy of the Tobacco Control Plan has already been placed in the Library.

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