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England bans smoking in cars with children

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 2:20 PM

Drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers.

The move, which will become law on October 1, follows a similar ban in Wales and aims to protect young people under 18 from second-hand smoke.

Scotland is also considering introducing a ban.

Anyone found flouting the law in England could be fined £50.

The ban will not apply to anyone driving alone or driving in a convertible car with the top down.

The British Lung Foundation says more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week.

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