British doctors want ban on smoking in cars

November 16th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 16 (IANS) Doctors in Britain have called for a ban on smoking in cars, claiming it exposes people to 23 times more toxins than found in pubs.

A report by the British Medical Association (BMA) claims children are at the highest risk from second-hand smoke because they absorb more pollutants, Sky News reported.

The report said the elderly were also vulnerable to respiratory problems caused by passive smoking.

Vivienne Nathanson, BMA director of professional activities, said smoking causes over 80,000 deaths every year in the country.

“Britain made a huge step forward in the fight against tobacco by banning smoking in all enclosed public places, but more can still be done,” she said.

“We are calling on the government to take the bold and courageous step of banning smoking in private vehicles.”

Simon Clarke, director of smokers’ rights group Forest, said: “Cars are a private space. Will it be a ban on smoking at home next? Very few parents smoke when children are in the car. Legislation to ban it is heavy-handed and, with everything else going on in the world, an abuse of parliamentary time.”

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