“Car smoking ban positive step forward in protecting our children’s health” Says Labour’s Shadow Children’s Minister

Steve McCabe MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families, has welcomed the overwhelming support given by MPs to ban smoking in cars with children.

Last night, 10 Feb 2014, MPs from all parties voted in the House of Commons to back plans to ban smoking in cars, despite misgivings by some senior Government figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The vote gives the Secretary of State for Health permission to bring forward powers to ban smoking in cars when children are present.

The vote comes almost 8 years to the day since MPs voted to ban smoking in public places, seeing the end of smoking in pubs and clubs.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“We have come a long way since MPs votes to ban smoking in pubs 8 years ago, back then many people were divided on this issue where as now most people agree that we shouldn’t force second hand smoke on people.

“As my colleague Luciana Berger MP rightly points out, this is a matter of children protection, it’s not about adult choice, we need to ensure that children’s health is not being endangered by exposing them to smoke in confined spaces. I welcome the decision to support a ban on smoking in cars with children and think it is a positive step towards ensuring our children a happy and healthier future.”

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