Delyn MP David Hanson has supported moves to protect children from second hand smoke by voting for a ban on smoking in cars in England and Wales when children are passengers.
In a vote on the issue in Westminster, Mr Hanson supported the measure after more than 700 health experts wrote to MPs last week urging them to back change citing research published in 2009 that showed that a single cigarette in a stationary car could produce levels of second-hand smoke 11 times greater than that found in a smoky bar.
The vote means Ministers can now make it a criminal offence for drivers to fail to prevent smoking in their privately owned vehicles when children are present, though it does not force them to so the campaign will continue to get the measures into law.
David Hanson MP said:
“I support this measure because it’s vital that children get the best chance at a healthy start in life and don’t grow up affected by second hand smoke which can greatly increase their risk of cancer and other diseases.
Across parliament there is agreement that we should be doing more to protect children, so I hope the Government will listen and put these proposals into law.”