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Hume calls on parents to protect children from second hand smoke during school run

August 14, 2013 9:27 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

With pupils across Scotland starting to return to school this week,Jim HumeJim Hume Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today called on parents to take action to protect children from the effects of second hand smoke in cars.

Mr Hume has also invited parents concerned about the dangers of passive smoking to make their views known as part of the consultation on his member's bill, which aims to stop people smoking in cars when children are present.

The consultation on the Smoking (Children in Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill will run until the end of this month. Mr Hume's proposed Bill has the support of a number of organisations and campaign groups, including BMA Scotland, the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

"As a parent myself I know that the start of the school year can be an exciting time, with children changing schools or classes and looking forward to catching up with friends after the long summer break.

"With many parents taking responsibility for the school run it is also worth reminding people of the dangers that second hand smoke poses to the health of children across Scotland.

"We all want children to have the chance to get on in life and that starts with good health. Children and young people are vulnerable to the effects of second hand smoke. We have made real progress on this issue in recent years but there is still a long way to go.

"I would encourage parents who will be driving their child to school this week to think twice before lighting up on the school run.

"Many experts agree that stopping people smoking in cars when a child is present would have a positive impact on their health for years to come. I would urge anyone who feels strongly about this issue to make a submission to the consultation on my Bill."