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Charity calls for smoking ban in cars

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The British Lung Foundation has called on the government to introduce a ban on smoking in cars when children under the age of 18 are in the car.

The move follows a survey by the charity of 1,000 parents that found 86 per cent would support a ban on smoking in cars when children are passengers.

British Lung Foundation chief executive Helena Shovelton said the ban could help prevent some of the 22,000 new cases of asthma diagnosed each year as a direct result of passive smoking.

The charity has also launched a campaign to raise awareness of passive smoking in cars and a government petition.

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  • Parents know best

    I'm afraid that the proposal to ban smoking in cars occupied by children represents an
    unwarranted intrusion into the privacy and autonomy of parenthood. The autonomy to
    make one's own decision about risks to subject a child to is not to be interfered with lightly.
    It should only be done in cases where there is a substantial threat of severe harm
    to the child. Interfering with parental autonomy in a case where there is only minor
    risk involved is unwarranted.

    Shouldn't children 18 years and older be protected as well as children under 18 years old?

    What has the statement 22,000 new cases of asthma got to do with smoking in cars??

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