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Sticking an exhaust pipe in your car is safer than smoking says doctor

Thu 30th June, 2011

Delegates at the British Medical Association's annual conference have called for a ban on smoking in cars.

Members said research has shown that toxicity from smoking in cars is 27 times higher than it is in the home and 20 times higher than in the pub. They also claimed it would improve road safety.

Addressing the conference in Cardiff, Dr Douglas Noble, from the BMA's public health committee, said second-hand smoke continued to have a huge effect on people's lives.

"The data on toxicity is extensive," he said. "But let me give you one headline to remember - it would be safer to have your exhaust pipe on the inside of your car than smoke a cigarette, in terms of fine particulate matter released.

"And evidence suggests rolling down the window doesn't eliminate the problem."

Health campaigners welcomed the backing from the BMA, while smokers' lobby group Forest said there was no justification for a ban.

Sources: BBC NewsScotsman (30 June 2011)

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