Hume welcomes committee backing for smoking bill

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today said he was thrilled to have the support of a Holyrood Committee for his Bill that will protect children from the effects of second-hand smoke.

The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament found the propositions in the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill to be “needed” and “necessary”, in its Stage 1 report, published today.

The Bill was introduced by Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, on December 15, 2014. Its aim is to protect children under 18 from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke (SHS) while they are in a motor vehicle with an adult who is smoking. It is estimated that there are 60,000 car journeys every week with children exposed to SHS in Scotland.

The Health and Sport Committee said in its report that “education campaigns alone have not succeeded in protecting children from exposure to second-hand smoke in vehicles” and that it supports “this legislation as a necessary step.”

Mr. Hume commented:

“I am thrilled that the Committee put its full support behind my Member’s Bill. I am hopeful that the Parliament will once again demonstrate its cross-party support in protecting children’s health through these measures.

“Children don’t have an option when they are in the enclosed environment of a smoke filled car on the school run. The dangers of second-hand smoke are well known and our young people deserve a healthier start to their lives.

"This is about giving children and young people the freedom to go on live healthy lives of they choose to. I look forward to the Stage 1 debate."

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