18/12/2015

SF Welcomes Law Banning Smoking In Cars With Children

Sinn Féin has welcomed the passing of the law banning smoking in cars when children are present.

Cork East TD and Children's Spokesperson Sandra McLellan said: "Children's health and welfare across the board must be both protected and respected.

We all know the devastating effects of smoking and the implications of second hand smoke. This ban protects the health of these children, and is therefore wholeheartedly welcome and overdue.

"The Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Act 2014 will take effect from January 1st 2016. From that date it will be an offence for anyone to smoke a tobacco product in a vehicle where a child is present, or to allow someone else to smoke in the vehicle. The offence will be enforced by the Gardaí and carries a fixed penalty of €100."

(MH/LM)

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