Happy New Year

If your New Years resolution is to give up smoking – now is the perfect time as the government decides to bring in new laws regarding smoking in cars.

Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government. The ban which if passed by parliament will take effect in England as of 1st October 2015. A fine of £50 will be issued to people who smoke or who fail to prevent another person smoking whilst carrying under 18s.

Here are some facts about smoking in cars:

  • Smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours even with a window open.
  • Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer. Exposure has been strongly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.
  • Research indicates 300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital.
  • Smoking in a car creates a higher concentration of toxins than in a bar, some research has put it at 11 times higher.

Bans on smoking in cars when children are present already exist in some US States, including California, as well as parts of Canada and Australia. A ban on smoking in cars has also been put forward in Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland said it was considering a ban.

At Begin Driving we follow the rules and all our cars are strictly No smoking as already required by law. We constantly remind smokers to have consideration for others that use our cars.

We wish you all a happy new year and hope that you are successful with all you’re new year resolutions.