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Smoking ban does not go far enough, warn doctors

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A ban on smoking in cars with child passengers does not go far enough, doctors have said.

The move, which makes it illegal from tomorrow to light up in vehicles shared with under 18-year-olds, has been welcomed by a professional association for doctors.

But BMA Scotland called on the Scottish Government to go further and issue a full ban on smoking in vehicles.

Dr Bennie, the body’s chairman, said: “An outright ban on smoking in vehicles would ensure that adults and particularly vulnerable adults who may be unable to object to others smoking while they are present, are also protected.

“This would also be easier to enforce.”

The Scottish Government says it wants to create a “tobacco-free generation” by 2034, which would see a smoking rate of less than 5%.

Public health minister Aileen Campbell said: “Our target to reduce the proportion of children exposed in the home from 12 per cent to six per cent by 2020 has been met five years early.

“The ban on smoking in cars will help to build on that success by reinforcing the message that the toxic fumes from cigarette smoke are harmful – particularly to children.”

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