In the UK starting from October 1, 2015, comes into effect legislation which bans smoking in cars where young people under 18 are present. The new anti-smoking law aims to protect yonger generations from negative effects of secondhand smoke. Children and teenagers are extremely vulnerable to secondhand smoke effects.
In case smoker is caught smoking in a car, then he and the driver would be subjected to a fine of $80. The new law would work in Wales and England and applies to each driver including young people of 17 years old and those with a provisional driving licence. The law is not applied on those aged 17 who smoke cigarettes alone in the car.
The U.K. Department of Health says that each time a kid inhales tobacco smoke comming from a smoker, he breathes in thousands of chemicals. It puts them at risk for development of a number of diseases such as asthma and pneumonia.
The anti-smoking law applies to any private vehicle with a roof or without it. It makes no difference if a person smokes and his window is open, air conditioning is on, or the door is open. However, the law will not be applied to a convertible car with the roof completely down.
The law will not be applied to ships, boats, aircrafts, because they have they own rules. Also the law does not touch public transport and work vehicles, because previosly they were covered by smoke-free legislation.
The new law bans use of regular cigarettes in cars, but e-cigarettes to be still allowed.
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