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Smoking in cars with children BANNED from next week

Smoking in cars, when children are inside the vehicle, is set to be outlawed across Coventry and Warwickshire next week.

When the new legislation is introduced on October 1, it will become illegal for Coventry and Warwickshire drivers to light up when anyone under the age of 18 is inside a vehicle.

The aims of the new law – which comes into effect after work from campaign groups – is to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

A flouting of the new law would land drivers and the smoker in question an on-the-spot £50 fine.

Health groups have backed the new laws, with charity Action on Smoking and Health saying that the move means children have more protection than ever from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive, said: “Generations of children have grown up protesting about having to put up with smoking in cars. Finally, their call has been heard and from October this year they will be protected by law.

“As from next year they will also be protected from tobacco promotion on packaging. Taken together, the regulations on smoking in cars and standardised packaging will help de-normalise smoking and protect children from this deadly addiction.”

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