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New smoking law "unnecessary" and "unenforceable" says Forest

Tue 29th September, 2015

Opponents of the new law banning smoking in cars with children say the legislation is "unnecessary", "unenforceable" and will "stigmatise millions of decent men and women".

From 1st October drivers face a £50 fine if they light up in a private vehicle with a child present.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said:

"The new law is unnecessary and almost certainly unenforceable.

"The overwhelming majority of smokers know smoking in a car carrying children is inconsiderate and they don't do it.

"If drivers are spotted smoking will they be stopped in case there's a child in the back? The authorities, especially the police, must have better things to do."

He added, "Smokers are sick and tired of politicians questioning their parenting skills as if they're devoid of common sense.

"The law will make no difference to public health but it will stigmatise millions of decent men and women who don't need government and other busybodies telling them how to behave."

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