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Smoking in cars

Children and Families Act

The Children and Families Act 2014 is the primary legislation making it an offence for an adult to buy cigarettes for anyone under 18 (proxy purchasing) and giving the Government powers to introduce regulations:
  • requiring standardised packaging for tobacco products.
  • making it an offence to smoke in a private vehicle carrying children.
  • making it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to children under 18.

The regulations to prohibit smoking in cars when children are present were laid before Parliament on 17th December 2014 and were approved in February 2015. The law will take effect on 1 October 2015.

Smoking in cars with children present

Smoking in cars with children presentThe Smokefree Action Coalition supports the introduction of legislation to prohibit smoking in cars with children.

There was a free vote on the amendment to introduce a ban on smoking in cars when children are present which was approved by 376 to 107, a majority of 269. For how your MP voted click here. Prior to the vote, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said that David Cameron thinks that "the time has come" for a new offence of exposing children to smoke in vehicles.

The Government ran a consultation on draft regulations for smoking in cars from 15th July to 27th August. The regulations are based on primary legislation in the Children and Families Act 2014.

See also:
- All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health report of its inquiry into smoking in private vehicles.
- British Lung Foundation briefing for MPs.
- SFAC party conference briefing on smoking in cars
- ASH Fact sheet: Secondhand smoke in the home


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