15:00 Thursday 13 February 2014

MP slams smoking in vehicles with children

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

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.”

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