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Hume announces consultation date for tobacco control bill

April 29, 2013 9:20 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, Jim Hume, hasJim HumeJim Hume announced that he will launch his consultation on a proposal for a Members' Bill to ban smoking in vehicles while children are present on Tuesday 28th May.

This comes the day before the tobacco display ban comes into force in Scotland, which will mean that the largest retailers will not be allowed to have tobacco products on display.

Mr Hume has said that banning adults from smoking in cars whilst children are present is the next step in tobacco control. His plans have already gained support from a number of charities, including Children in Scotland and the British Heart Foundation.

A number of countries have already legislated to ban smoking in vehicles while children are present, including Australia, Canada, South Africa and some states in the U.S.A.

Mr Hume said:

"The tobacco display ban is another welcome step in changing Scotland's relationship with smoking which began with the ban in smoking in public places. But more can be done in our journey towards a healthier Scotland.

"Passive smoking is entirely avoidable and a private vehicle is one of the few places a child can still be legally exposed to tobacco smoke. That is why I am seeking a change in the law to safeguard the rights of children in Scotland and to give them a better start in life. My consultation to ban smoking tobacco in vehicles while children are present will be launched on the 28th of May.

"I stand alongside the British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Children in Scotland and ASH Scotland, amongst many others, in seeking a change to the law and hope that people and organisations from across Scotland can take part in this important consultation.

"It doesn't seem fair that any child should have to be trapped in a car which is filled with smoke. When you consider the real implications this can have for a child's immediate and future health, it is clear we need to do what we can to protect children and give them the best start in life."