I was born in the late 60's in the United Kingdom, and I know I'm not alone when I say that I remember traveling in the back seat of the car with no seat belt and cigarette smoke billowing from the front of the car where my Father was sitting. I just figured it was normal, although I hated the smell and breathing the smoke into my little lungs.
There were only seatbelts in the front seats, and it wasn't illegal to refuse to wear them. Inhaling large amounts of carcinogens from cigarette smoke was an everyday occurrence as a child back in those days, if your parents smoked, but no one seemed to care.
Fast forward to 2015 and effective October 2015, when it will be officially illegal to smoke in a car (or any other enclosed motorized vehicle), with anyone under the age of 18.
As we all realize now, second-hand smoke is a real health hazard to anyone who inhales these toxic substances.
If caught smoking with a child in the car you can now be fined 50 pounds. This new law applies to all drivers in England and Wales. It also includes those aged 17 who possess a provisional driver's licence, (or "license", depending on where you're from). If the driver is aged 17, and they own the car, this law does not apply.
Inhaling second-hand smoke can put you at risk for a whole myriad of health problems, including cancer, meningitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also worsen asthma and cause heart problems.
If the vehicle has a roof or is partly enclosed by a roof, this law applies. The law also applies to cars with windows or sunroofs that are open, have air conditioning or if you are just sitting in the doorway of the vehicle. The law does not apply to convertible cars with the roof completely down
What do ou think about this article? Do you think people should still be allowed to smoke in cars?.