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Leading doctors want to protect children against inhaling smoke
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25 March 2010

Twenty of Britain’s most senior doctors have called for a ban on smoking in cars in a bid to protect children against the effects of inhaling smoke.

Writing in a letter to The Times newspaper, the doctors urged the Government to bring in laws prohibiting all smoking in vehicles and in public places visited by young people such as parks and playgrounds.

A report today by the Royal College of Physicians concluded that 300,000 GP appointments and 9500 hospital admissions a year are caused by the effects of smoke on children, costing the NHS about £23 million.

Paediatric health problems attributable to second-hand smoke include 20,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infection, 120,000 cases of middle-ear disease and 200 cases of bacterial meningitis, it estimates.

About 40 sudden infant deaths are also caused by passive smoking annually.

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Lesia44 25 March 2010

Re: Call for smoking ban in cars

SizzleRizzle wrote:

It is every man's right to smoke should he wish to do so. You have no right to stop him.

Should a man be harming a child by smoking in the same car I would say you have the right to stop him as the child has no choice but to breathe the harmful fumes.

The answer : A ban on people smoking in cars with children under the age of 13. Stop trying to control everyone's lives.

No-one is trying to "control everyone's lives". They're trying to stop people damaging the lives of others through sheer selfishness. And why is your cut off point below the age where the person being harmed is able to make an independent decision of whether to get in the car or not?

beachland2 25 March 2010

Re: Call for smoking ban in cars

Or we could give every man the right to leave the country if they want to smoke. But in Britian they cant.

Or we legalise all things that can cause damage to the human body such as currently illegal drugs.

I think its stupid having laws for one thing but not another just because of tradition and habit. completely unscientific. I would accept either which we go aslong as it actually makes sence.

SizzleRizzle 25 March 2010

Re: Call for smoking ban in cars

It is every man's right to smoke should he wish to do so. You have no right to stop him.

Should a man be harming a child by smoking in the same car I would say you have the right to stop him as the child has no choice but to breathe the harmful fumes.

The answer : A ban on people smoking in cars with children under the age of 13. Stop trying to control everyone's lives.

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