Redditch MP votes against ban on smoking in cars when kids present

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley voted against a proposal to ban smoking in cars and England and Wales when children are present.

But despite some opposition, MPs voted in support of the ban, following a vote on Monday, February 10.

The Labour-supported amendment to the Children and Families Bill passed by 376 votes to 107, and gives the government the power to bring in a ban if they wish to - but does not mean an immediate change in law.

The proposed ban was put to Parliament by the Labour Party, and endorsed by the House of Lords.

It came before Parliament follows a campaign by Public Health England to ensure parents fully understand the dangers of second-hand smoke and are encouraged to stop smoking in the home or car if there is a child present. 

Evaluation of those campaigns shows they are increasing awareness of the risks of second-hand smoke as well as changing attitudes and behaviours.

Speaking before the vote, Mrs Lumley said: "Second-hand smoke is dangerous for children and it is right that we look at it as an issue. I will be listening with interest to the views expressed in the debate but do not believe that this is an issue that can or should be legislated for.

"Attitudes must and are changing but in my opinion the power of the state should not be advanced further into unnecessary private matters such as these. I am a strong believer in personal responsibility and certainly would not support the possibility of ordinary people being criminalised in this way.

"Furthermore, a ban would be wholly unworkable and impossible to enforce, creating great difficulties for the already stretched police. ”

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3:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Tony1952 says...

So our MP is happy for children to be forced to suffer passive smoking in their parents' cars and as a result possibly develop respiratory diseases such as Asthma, as was the case with me because my parents did not consider the risks to my health.

Children have rights too, but being a 'captive audience' in a car, cannot do anything to prevent the problem caused by their selfish parents.

The Law must stop this. It is easy to say it would be unworkable. It must be made to be workable for the sake of the childrens' health.
So our MP is happy for children to be forced to suffer passive smoking in their parents' cars and as a result possibly develop respiratory diseases such as Asthma, as was the case with me because my parents did not consider the risks to my health. Children have rights too, but being a 'captive audience' in a car, cannot do anything to prevent the problem caused by their selfish parents. The Law must stop this. It is easy to say it would be unworkable. It must be made to be workable for the sake of the childrens' health. Tony1952
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9:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

badge73 says...

hows it going to be policed? people still drive around with mobiles ...
hows it going to be policed? people still drive around with mobiles ... badge73
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10:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

Kieron's left foot says...

I smoke like a trooper, cant't get enough of the stuff.
However I also drive and have kids. I've never smoked with them in the car, or the house . I stand outside or in the garage..No issue. I've never needed a law to make me do the right thing.
I smoke like a trooper, cant't get enough of the stuff. However I also drive and have kids. I've never smoked with them in the car, or the house . I stand outside or in the garage..No issue. I've never needed a law to make me do the right thing. Kieron's left foot
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