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ACT bans smoking in car with kids

Oct. 20, 2011

Smoking inside a vehicle that contains children has been outlawed in the ACT.

The territory’s Legislative Assembly has passed a law that makes it illegal for anyone to smoke inside a car or other vehicle while a child under the age of 16 is in it.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said she was pleased the assembly agreed to pass her bill.

“While it is an adult’s right to choose to smoke, vulnerable groups who cannot always speak for themselves have a right to be protected from second-hand smoke, particularly when exposure can increase the risk of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and middle-ear infections,” Ms Gallagher said in statement on Thursday.

Similar legislation has already been enacted in most other jurisdictions of Australia.

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