A law banning adults from smoking in cars with children present came in to force on the 1st of October 2015 in England and Wales, although many people haven’t yet complied with this law. Drivers and passengers who disobey the law could receive a £50 fine, however police have said that they will initially take a non-confrontational approach, but who knows how long for.
People who get caught with smoking with someone under the age of 18 in the car will be liable, even if a window or the sunroof is open. The law will not apply to people who are driving in a convertible with the roof down, or to individuals who are smoking an e-cigarette.
The Scottish parliament is expected to consider introducing its own law regarding smoking in cars carrying children next year. Meanwhile official in Northern Ireland have said that they will look at how the ban is working elsewhere before deciding whether or not to follow suit.
More than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week, according to the British Lung Foundation.