Smoking in cars – The law is changing

Every year, three million children are exposed to second hand smoke in a car. And every week, 200 of these children are made so unwell that they have to visit their GP with health complaints that are entirely preventable.

We know that children are more susceptible to the damaging effects of second hand smoke than adults. Growing youngsters breathe more rapidly, and their lungs, airways and immune systems are still developing.

At the same time, research has also shown that around a third of children who are exposed to smoke in vehicles don’t feel able to ask the person to stop because they feel frightened or embarrassed.