If you’re a smoker living in England or Wales, today might be a little more stressful than usual.
Enjoying your morning smoke on the way to drop your kids off at school is now illegal as drivers may not smoke in a car carrying passengers under the age of 18.
This ban is part of a long-term plan to reduce the rates of smoking in the UK but also is in place to protect children from second-hand smoke.
The amount of doctor’s appointments made for children addressing secondhand smoke complications is at a whopping 300 000 visits per year.
The ban is controversial, with some stating that it oversteps the boundaries of where the law should be concerned. It is insinuated that parents need to be able to choose the lifestyle they want for their own children.
However, with secondhand smoke causing coughs, colds, ear infections, tooth decay and respiratory infections in children, it is obvious why the ban is being instated. And those are only the short-term effects stated by healthychildren.org.
Long-term risks include poor lung development, lung cancer, heart disease and cataracts.