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

[quote Autocar]

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

Writing in a letter to The Times newspaper, the doctors urged the Government to bring in laws prohibiting all deaths in vehicles, in public places and everywhere else.

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 death, costing the NHS far less money than the billions they waste on bureaucracy every year.

Problems attributable to death include 20,000 cases of death, 120,000 cases of death and 200 cases of death. A spokesman for the senior doctors said that "death is still a killer."

About 40 sudden infant deaths are also caused by death.

25 March 2010

[quote Autocar]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.[/quote] So I'm a single man with no kids and cannot remember when I last had a child travelling in my car. Exactly why, given that smoking is not illegal yet, should I be banned from smoking in my car if I wish to. [quote Autocar]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.[/quote] And how exactly are these laws going to be enforced ? The ban on using a mobile phone in a car is widely and blatantly disregarded and I never heard of anyone I work with or socialise with having been stopped or prosecuted for it, although I know of at least a couple who admit to using a mobile while driving. Unless the doctors are suggesting that GP's extortionate salaries are cut to fund an increase in the number of PCs on the beat, this is just a pie in the sky idea.


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25 March 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]And how exactly are these laws going to be enforced ? The ban on using a mobile phone in a car is widely and blatantly disregarded and I never heard of anyone I work with or socialise with having been stopped or prosecuted for it[/quote]

Exactly

25 March 2010

Tobacco should be a class c drug.....

Where has all Japanese design went to?

25 March 2010

Besides the health risks to children and other passengers, how many near crashes have people had when lighting up, dropping packets of cigarettes and lighters into footwells.

How many have flicked a cigarette out of the window to have a smouldering on the back seat 5 minutes later (I saw one of those the other day!)?

Smoking in cars is double trouble for the health of a smoker. Not only are you inhaling the primary smoke but the passive secondary smoke is concentrated into a confined space so its like smoking twice over.

Finally, if you don't care about health and safety then what about your own money. Try selling a used car that stinks of smoke, has yellow stained headlining and sun visors, plus a charred and scabby ahstray and console. Even another smoker gets turned off by that.

25 March 2010

Smoking is a disgusting habit which needs to be eradicated everywhere, not just in cars, and not just for our children's sake. There, stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Or not...

25 March 2010

[quote noluddite]Smoking is a disgusting habit which needs to be eradicated everywhere, not just in cars, and not just for our children's sake. There, stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Or not...[/quote]

I wish smoking in cars had been banned when I was a kid. I used to get car sick but it turned out that it was the smoke from my mums fags (my dad smoked until he had a heart attack, but never when driving) that made me ill, not travel sickness.

That said if somebody who does smoke wants to smoke in their own car when they're on their own who am I to stop them?

And as others have mentioned, the ban on the use of mobiles isn't being enforced so why would this be any different?

25 March 2010

[quote Lee23404]I wish smoking in cars had been banned when I was a kid.[/quote]

Me too. My worst ever car memory was being gassed in the back and ducking down to try and find fresh air. My parents weren't happy! Thankfully my dad gave up, but my mother won't

Isn't it time that smokers realised that all we're asking for is clean air? Who can deny us that basic human right of clean air?

25 March 2010

[quote Symanski] Thankfully my dad gave up, but my mother won't[/quote]

My dad gave up after he had a heart attack. My mum gave up when she died of lung cancer.

25 March 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]So I'm a single man with no kids and cannot remember when I last had a child travelling in my car. Exactly why, given that smoking is not illegal yet, should I be banned from smoking in my car if I wish to.[/quote] It's considered as a distraction, and of course has resulted in numerous crashes. It's just as dangerous as being on the phone, if not even more dangerous. And it'll be just a case of being caught, I'm sure... we may still see loads of people on their phones, but there are plenty who get caught.

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