JUST over two weeks before a total ban on adults smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18, a major educational campaign will be run on billboards and with newspaper advertising.
The law will be enforced by the police with fines of £50 (€68) for the smoker plus the driver if allowing someone else to smoke in the car.
Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford said ‘Children are particularly at risk from second-hand smoke, which has been linked to a range of health issues, from sudden infant death syndrome, lung and ear infections and asthma. This danger is heightened when they are in the confined space of a car and can’t escape the fumes.’
‘There is evidence that even with windows open, the level of toxic chemicals remains high.’
Any vehicle enclosed wholly or partly by a roof will be affected. The ban still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.
Ironically, a driver of 17, alone in the car will be able to smoke and at the moment, e-cigarettes are not covered by the ban.