MPs have finally approved regulations that will forbid anyone
smoking in a car when children are present.  The measure will enter into force
on 1 October 2015. This law will protect vulnerable children from the effects
of tobacco smoke which can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory
disorders. According to the British Lung Foundation around 430,000 children
are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every week.
Prohibiting smoking in cars when children are present has
widespread public support from smokers as well as non-smokers. 
Professor John Britton:
‘Passive smoking is still a real issue, particularly in children and
‘A Royal College of Physicians report estimated that passive smoking in
children accounted for over 20,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infection,
200 cases of bacterial meningitis, and 40 sudden infant deaths. These and other
ill-effects generate over 300,000 UK GP consultations, about 9,500 hospital
admissions, and cost the NHS about £23.3 million’
‘Smoke-free legislation should be extended to prohibit all smoking in cars and
other vehicles. Governments and individuals have a duty to protect children
from exposure to smoke and to smoking.'
‘This isn’t just about protecting children from passive smoking, its
about taking smoking completely out of children’s lives’
 The regulations form part of the Children and Families
Act which gained Royal Assent on 13 March 2014.
The regulations were also approved by the House of Lords
after a debate on Tuesday 3rd Feb.
 A poll conducted in March 2014 by YouGov found that 77%
of adults, including 64% of smokers, agreed that smoking should be prohibited
in cars that are carrying children younger than 18 years of age. Total sample
size was 12269 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th to14th March
2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted
and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+)