The smoking ban which was introduced in 2006 prevents people from smoking indoors, but at the moment, this does not include vehicles. A recent survey which took place in Scotland, found that the quality of the air within the car of a smoker, is on the same scale as industrial smog cities. This is potentially very dangerous for children who are present within the car, and are inhaling the second hand smoke.
In response to concerns over the potential effects of smoking in a car for children, Wales has introduced an education campaign, which is designed to make people more aware of these dangers. This campaign will be rolled out for a period of three years, and if it is ineffective, there will be decisions made on making this a legislative issue.
It has been brought to light that although the number of people being exposed to second hand smoke in Scotland has reduced since the smoking ban, the amount of children inhaling second hand smoke in cars, has not. This is worrying as it could potentially lead to long term health problems for children, who are still developing.
The Head of the British Lung Foundation has declared that this has decreased within those countries who are more strict about these issues, including Canada, America and Australia, and that it is now time for others to follow by example.
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