Sheffield charity welcomes ban on smoking in cars carrying children

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A charity which supports hundreds of families in Sheffield has welcomed a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.

The Government has announced plans to introduce new regulations – which will prohibit smoking in cars with under 18s in – from Thursday, October 1. People failing to comply could be hit with a £50 fixed penalty notice.

Home-Start Sheffield has supported more than 5,000 vulnerable families – on average 250 a year – since it was set up 32 years ago.

Jack Scott, manager, said: “This is very good news for protecting the health of Sheffield children.

“Smoking just a single cigarette in a car exposes children to high levels of air pollutants and cancer causing chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde and tar.

“Children are least equipped to speak out to protest against secondhand smoke, so we’re pleased that very soon there will be an end to smoking in cars when children are present.”

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, was ‘delighted’.

She said: “After years of campaigning on this issue, we could not be more delighted by the government’s commitment to help stop smoking in cars with children present.”