MPs have backed calls for a ban on smoking in cars in England and Wales when children are passengers
They voted in favour of a Labour-supported amendment to the Children and Families Bill by a majority of 269.
This will give Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the power to bring in a ban in England, while Welsh Government ministers have stated they will consider the possibility of legislation in Wales once they have fully evaluated the impact of the campaign.
The amendment – passed by 376 votes to 107 – empowers, but does not compel, ministers to make it a criminal offence for drivers to fail to prevent smoking in their privately owned vehicles when children are present.
Shadow Health Minister Luciana Berger said:
“This is a great victory for child health which will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people across our country. It is a matter of child protection, not adult choice.”
A Department of Health spokesman said:
“Second-hand smoke is harmful to children and it is right that this has been debated in Parliament. We will now determine how this amendment should be taken forward.”