Although I am a smoker I fully support the recent ban on smoking in cars when children are present.
We all know that smoking is a filthy habit. I picked it up at university and I am doing my best to quit but as lots of ex-smokers tell me ‘quitting is easier said than done!’
The ban means that children will no longer be exposed to second-hand smoke when they travel.
According to the British Lung Foundation, 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke each week.
That’s a truly shocking figure and will no doubt provide an incentive for parents to quit.
Other smoking bans have been successful. The much complained about prohibition on smoking in public places caused a much needed decrease in the overall number of smokers.
I feel that extending the ban to cars is a logical extension of that.
Drink driving and drug driving are banned so the ban on smoking when driving is a positive step which fits in with other policies.
Perhaps when I read this letter in print it will give me more of an incentive to quit – it is ‘Stoptober’ after all.
Councillor Nick Allen
(Conservative) Bessacarr ward, Doncaster.