Taking action on smoking and health
Second-hand smoke (SHS) is a serious health hazard and exposure to the pollutants and carcinogens in SHS increases the risk of acute and chronic health conditions, hospital admission, and death. Smoking in cars causes harm both to the smoker and to others in the vehicle, and children are particularly vulnerable to harm from SHS.
Figures from the SALSUS report that in 2015, 16% of 13 and 15 year olds in Scotland were exposed to SHS in cars at least 'sometimes', with 4% reporting exposure during 'all' or 'most' of their car journeys.
Following a debate in the Scottish Parliament in December 2015, the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Vehicles) Bill was passed into law, and was implemented in December 2016, following the drafting of appropriate regulations.
In 2013, ASH Scotland prepared a comprehensive review of the available scientific evidence on the issue of smoking in vehicles.
Download the review in full (pdf).
The review finds that:
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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