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Royal college calls for smoking ban in cars

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1689 (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1689
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The Royal College of Physicians of London has called for a ban on smoking in all vehicles, parks, and other public places frequented by children, as part of a raft of initiatives designed to protect children from passive smoking.

    A major report from the college’s tobacco advisory group concludes that passive smoking is a serious hazard to the health of millions of children. New figures in the report show that every year passive smoking causes more than 20 000 cases of lower respiratory tract infection, 120 000 cases of middle ear disease, 22 000 new cases of wheeze and asthma, 200 cases of bacterial meningitis, and about 40 sudden infant deaths. Most of this additional burden of disease falls on the more disadvantaged children. …

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