UTTOXETER MP Andrew Griffiths has voted for a ban on smoking in cars where children are passengers.
The issue has been brought to prominence following a House of Commons vote on Monday night which saw a majority of MPs backing a call for a ban, which could be enforced before the next general election in 2015.
Uttoxeter residents voiced their opinions on social media sites, including Nicky Hunter who said: “Again, bully boy tactics.”
Andrew Smith via Facebook said: “About time. No one should ever smoke around children yet alone in a confined space
Ali Archer said: “I agree with it but I dont think it will ever be enforced.
“You’re not supposed to smoke in work vehicles, haven’t been able to for a few years now, but how many lorry and van drivers do you see smoking?
“No one gives a monkeys.
“By next year, when the novelty wears off, it will be the same with children in cars.”
David Smith said: “About time, I am a smoker but would never smoke around my boy.
“At the end off the day, it’s child abuse they dont choose to smoke, we do.”
Jennifer Cliffe-Cuff said: “Secondhand smoke is bad for your health, and in a closed car it’s terrible for children’s lungs.
“Addicted smokers won’t like this affecting their costly habit.”
Mr Griffiths said: “I don’t want to interfere in people’s civil liberties but I think that everyone accepts that smoking in a car with small children in is hugely damaging to their health. Most importantly is the signal it sends out about the consequences on the health of a child when you light up.”