ban on smoking in car

The French government is to consider banning smoking in cars when children are present and is also debating banning smoking in play areas in public parks.

The proposed law has been put forward by socialist senator Yannik Vaugrenard who is backed by anti smoking groups who successfully lobbied for a ban on smoking in enclosed public places in 2006.

The initiative follows a recent study published in the Tobacco Control Journal which says that smoking in cars exposes passengers to three time the toxin levels considered safe by the World Health Organisation and that opening the car windows makes no difference.

Anti-smoking group Droits des non-fumeurs admits a ban may prove difficult to enforce and recommends a publicity campaign to remind parents of the dangers.

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