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Smoking: Motor Vehicles

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to bring about behaviour change amongst parents smoking around children in cars; how his Department plans to evaluate whether such steps are changing parents' behaviour; and whether his Department will bring forward legislative proposals if behaviour change is not successful.

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

In March, we published the “Tobacco Control Plan for England”, which sets out our plans to help drive down smoking rates and reduce the harms from tobacco over the next five years. This plan includes our commitment to launch a national marketing campaign, planned for spring 2012, to remind smokers of the risks of exposing children and adults to second hand smoke and to encourage them to stop smoking in their homes and cars when children are present. We will evaluate the impact of the campaign on smokers' behaviour.

Rather than extending smokefree legislation, we want people to recognise the risks of second hand smoke and decide voluntarily to make their cars and homes smokefree.

A copy of the “Tobacco Control Plan for England” has already been placed in the Library.

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