Smoking should be banned in homes and cars to protect children
Daily Mail | Parents should be banned from smoking in their own homes and private cars, a Government health chief said.
Parents should be banned from smoking in their own homes and private cars, a Government health chief said today.
Dr Tony Jewell, chief medical officer for Wales, said that stopping people lighting up in their own homes would protect their children from the dangers of passive smoking.
But furious opponents said the ban would be a breach individuals' right to privacy
Dr Tony Jewell, chief medical officer for Wales, said lighting up should be banned in cars as it was 'unfair' to expose children to second-hand smoke. (Posed by models)
However, Dr Jewell said it was 'unfair for children to bear the brunt of other people's habits' - and it was time to make a change.
Dr Jewell said smokers 'know that smoking is a dangerous habit, but choose to ignore the facts'
He said: 'As a society, creating such a measure is a powerful statement of intent about our commitment to the health of our children.
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'It could be seen as the final piece of the protection picture or at least adding to the growing public consensus on the social acceptability of smoking.'
He said smokers 'know that smoking is a dangerous habit, but choose to ignore the facts'.
He said children had an increased risk of asthma and cot death when exposed to second-hand smoke - as well as being more likely to light-up themselves in adulthood.
Smoking was banned in public across Britain in April 2008.
The Tobacco Manufacturers' Association's said Dr Jewell's proposals were 'a step too far and an unwarranted intrusion on individual freedom'.
A spokesman said: 'In private vehicles, adults should be free to smoke, provided they do not light up or smoke in a way that would distract from safe driving.
'They should also show due consideration for other occupants and dispose of cigarette ends responsibly in ashtrays.'
Wales is responsible for its own health policies under devolution. But smokers yesterday described the call as smacking of a 'Big Brother' state.
Mother-of-two Jane Rees, 42, of Cardiff, said: 'I don't smoke every day in front of the children but like the occassionally cigarette in front of the television while the children are in bed.
'It would be ridiculous for me to be breaking the law in my own house. It is crazy.'
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