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Call for smoke ban in cars and homes

7th October 2010

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has called on the smoking ban to be extended to the home and private cars to protect children from second-hand smoke.


Dr Tony Jewell said it was not fair that children should "bear the brunt of other people's habits".

Figures contained in Dr Jewell’s annual report show that there are 5,650 smoking deaths a year in Wales with the costs of smoking to the Welsh NHS at around £386m a year, equivalent to £129 per person or 7% of total healthcare expenditure.

He said children had an increased risk of asthma, middle ear infections and cot death when exposed to second-hand smoke and were then also more likely to become smokers as adults.

Wales introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces in 2007 but now proposes a ban on tobacco vending machines and shop promotions for tobacco products.

But Dr Jewell believes that must go further to private cars and the home.

However, Julie Barrett, director of the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health in Wales, warned that legislation that tried to control what people did at home would be "deeply despised".

Ash Wales said more needed to be done to educate people about the risks for children of second-hand smoke.

Chief executive Tanya Buchanan said: “There's minimal understanding that exposing your baby to second-hand smoke increases its risk of cot death four fold.”

The Tobacco Manufacturers Association’s said Dr Jewell's proposals went too far and were “an unwarranted intrusion” on individual freedom.


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