14/01/15: Car Smoke Ban This October

You may have heard recently that there are plans to ban smoking in cars carrying anyone under 18. This is expected to come into action in England on 1st October this year. A fine of £50 will be issued to people who smoke or who fail to prevent another person smoking in a car carrying under 18s.

According to the British Lung Foundation, an estimated 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke every week in a family car.

  • Smoke can stay in the air for up to 2 and a half hours even with a window open
  • Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer.
  • Children are more vulnerable to the toxins in second-hand smoke as they have a higher breathing rate and less developed airways.
  • Exposure has been strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.
  • Research indicates 300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital.
  • Smoking in a car creates a higher concentration of toxins than in a pub, some research has put it at 11 times higher.

If the ban has got you to think about quitting smoking you can get in touch with Stop4Life. Becoming smokefree will benefit everyone around you, but especially you. Our specialist advisors provide free one to one support on your smokefree journey and discuss the different types of medication available to help you quit. Stop4Life is also the only stop smoking service to use puffell.com - an online platform where you can set goals, track progress and support one another on your stop smoking journey.

You are four times more likely to quit with support so get in touch via this website, email help@stop4life.co.uk, freephone 0800 612 4580 or text "stop4life" to 60777.