Smoking ban is welcomed by Lancashire County Council chiefs

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Health experts from Lancashire County Council have welcomed this week’s vote in the House of Commons to ban smoking in cars when children are passengers.

Following the vote, anyone lighting up in a car with a child under 18 present will be breaking the law and could be fined. This change in the law will come into effect on October 1.

Coun Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “We think that this ban is a huge step forward and will lead to improvements in people’s health in the future.

“The smoke is much more concentrated in cars and research has shown that opening the window to let the fumes out makes little difference.

“Children are especially at risk because they have smaller blood vessels and their organs are still developing. Therefore they breathe faster and inhale more toxic chemicals than adults.”