Doctors’ leaders call for “bold” step to ban smoking in private cars

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 17 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7483
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government should take a “bold” step to legislate for a ban on smoking in private cars in the United Kingdom, claim doctors’ leaders.

The BMA has called on the four UK administrations to introduce an extension to current smoke free legislation to include a ban on smoking in private cars, claiming there is compelling scientific evidence to support the move.

The Department of Health, however, has rejected the call, saying there are better ways to encourage behaviour change and promising to launch a publicity campaign next year on the dangers of second hand smoke.

MPs are due to debate the issue on 25 November when the House of Commons will have a second reading of Labour …

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