"From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.", according to the Department Of Health.
As soon as I posted this on my Facebook Page, there was a comment made..." £50??? Is that all?!"
I totally agree with that response - I think that it is no detterrant at all
Years ago it became illegal to smoke in the working environment. This includes work vehicles, and hospital property, to name just two.
How many people do you see smoking in either of these places, without anyone doing anything about it.
Hospitals seem to allow their patients to stand outside their main door, and smoke, causing everyone who wants to go in or out of that main door to pass through a bank of smoke and smell. Unless those people can hold their breath whilst entering or leaving, then they are being subjected to Passive Smoking, which is one of the main reasons why this law was introduced.
Apart from trying to understand how a hospital can allow people who are ill, to continue breaking the law by smoking whilst they are in the hospital's care, which, at the very least, I think may be hazardous to health ?
Vehicles.. they are very enclosed areas. Many different people may use that vehicle. It is illegal to smoke in a work environment. = it is illegal to smoke in work vehicles ( except in a very few, very specific situations).
People still smoke in work vehicles, I don't think that will ever stop.
People will smoke in cars with children in the car, I don't think that will ever stop.
Not unless the consequences of breaking those laws become much greater!
Please note that I am a reformed smoker, one of the people least likely to support smoking.