A new law comes into force today (1st October) making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. Both the driver and the smoker can be fined.
The reason for this law is protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoke. Every time a child breathes in second-hand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, which put them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer, and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
People who break the law could be fined £50.
With one less place to smoke, there is one more reason to quit smoking. You can sign up to Stoptober – the 28 day challenge, also starting today, which supports smokers to stop. By signing up to Stoptober, you will receive a variety of free and proven support including packs, apps and emails to help you quit for 28 days and beyond.
Face-to-face advice and support can also be obtained from your local Stop Smoking Services in Walsall which are on hand to provide you with tailored advice and tips on how to quit. You can contact the service on 01922 444 044 and find out where your nearest clinic is at the following link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zvl2RCum1t-s.k6oT28RC_Vzw&usp=sharing
At the same time, Walsall Council Public Health is currently supporting the trial of a new approach to help parents quit smoking and to prevent young people from picking up the habit. The campaign involves working with schools, initially ten secondary schools, to give young people the facts about smoking to create discussions with their parents and carers who want to quit. The programme has already been to Shire Oak Academy, Grace Academy and Elmwood school and will be in a number of schools across the borough this week.
Dr Paulette Myers, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, joining the team at Bloxwich Academy today, said, ‘I’m pleased that Walsall Council Public Health is working with QUIT to trial this new approach, which has proven to be a success in other places, and to have the opportunity to come along today and see it for myself.’
‘Giving up smoking is extremely difficult and it is important that we support parents to quit and prevent young people from starting in the first place.’
For more information on the smokefree cars legislation, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-rules-about-tobacco-e-cigarettes-and-smoking-1-october-2015