Scottish Liberal Democrat South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has said he is over the moon at news the Scottish Government is to endorse his Member’s bill to ban smoking in cars with children present.
The proposals, which have already received cross-party support and backing from many charities, could see smokers hit with a £100 fine if they are caught smoking in their car whilst children under the age of 18 are present.
Mr Hume said:
“I am over the moon that the Scottish Government is to support my moves to ban smoking in cars whilst children are present. With cross-party support and the support of many third sector organisations, there is every chance that this could be in place in the next year.
“84 percent of the 160 responses to my consultation were positive and people from across Scotland have expressed their support for the move. This bill is about guaranteeing that children in Scotland can have the freedom to go on and lead healthy lives if they choose to. I look forward to working with MSPs from all parties as the bill progresses.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Mr Hume’s bill was introduced in parliament on 15 December 2014, the Bill will be considered by the Health and Sport Committee in due course.
2. A number of countries have already legislated to ban smoking in vehicles while children are present, including Australia, Canada, South Africa and others. In Scotland and the UK, private vehicles remain one of the few places where children can legally be exposed to passive smoking.
3.It is thought that 60,000 children are being exposed to second hand smoke in cars in Scotland every week.Research has shown that the negative health effects associated with a child’s exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke include increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, coughing and wheezing, asthma and lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
4. The bill has already received support from the British Heart Foundation, Ash Scotland, Children in Scotland, Cancer Research UK and others http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/hume_lauches_bid_to_o