Smoking in a car with passengers under the age of 18 is illegal in England and Wales as of 1st October 2015.
The law applies to any driver in a private vehicle that is enclosed by a roof, regardless of whether the windows or sunroof are open. Both the smoker and the driver will face a £50 penalty notice if caught smoking with passengers under the age of 18.
More than 80% of second hand smoke is invisible
Smoke lingers in the air even with a window open, and while you may not be able to see or smell it, smoke may still be present in large amounts. Research has found that the level of smoke produced by a single cigarette in a moving car is more than 7 times that found in a smoky bar.
Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation has said:
“This is a tremendous victory for the half a million children being exposed to second-hand smoke in the family car every week in England.”
Majority of Brits welcome the changes, with 77% of adults agreeing that smoking should be banned in cars carrying passengers under the age of 18.