Car insurance: Doctors call for ban on in-car smoking

Thursday, 25 March 2010

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Car insurance customers should be forbidden to smoke in their vehicles to protect the health of young children, a new report has suggested.

The Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommended a review of anti-smoking legislation to safeguard youngsters from the harm caused by passive smoking.

According to the RCP, inhaling second-hand smoke results in 300,000 extra child visits to doctors each year for respiratory complaints, including asthma.

However, Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forrest, stated that a vehicle is a private space and car insurance holders should be able to light-up while driving should they wish to.

"If you ban smoking in cars, which is a private space, it's a small step to banning smoking in the home.

Both measures are unacceptable and unenforceable," he added.

Health groups have supported the suggestion, with the British Heart Foundation's director of policy and communications Betty McBride saying that it will help protect children's health, which is what all parents ultimately want.

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