Ban smoking in cars, doctors tell UK govt

While all Australian states have brought in laws banning smoking in cars carrying children, doctors in the UK say all people travelling in cars should be protected from second-hand tobacco smoke.

“We are calling on UK governments to take the bold and courageous step of banning smoking in private vehicles,” the BMA said.

“The evidence for extending the smoke-free legislation [banning smoking in public places] is compelling.”

Tobacco smoke toxins in cars can be 23 times higher than in a typical smoky bar, the BMA said, adding that children and the elderly were the worst affected.

The British parliament is due on 25 November to debate a bill calling for a smoking ban in private vehicles when children are present.

Prime Minister David Cameron, a former smoker, has said he supports the smoking ban in public places, introduced in 2007, but is “nervous about going into what people do inside a