I have to confess that when I smoked (which was a very long time ago), driving along with a cigarette was something I used to enjoy. Not that I had any young children at that time, and that is the factor that’s causing some for argue for a ban on smoking in cars. The Scottish government has today said it’s not persuaded, but this is the argument for a ban…
Dr Neil Dewhurst, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE), says: “Passive smoking exposure levels in children have fallen by 40% in Scotland since the introduction of smoke-free legislation, but exposure levels in children of smokers remain high and demand further legislative action.
“We fully endorse today’s report which calls for an extension of smoke-free legislation throughout the UK in order to include public areas frequented by children and in cars.
“The evidence is compelling. Passive smoking exposure significantly increases the risk of a range of diseases in children.”
Is it ever acceptable to light up with others in the car? Or is this whole debate another example of anti-smoking campaigners trying to micro-manage people’s lives?