Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 14-02-2014

Smoking ban in cars?

by Joanne Clague

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A controversial ban on smoking in cars carrying children in the UK is being raised in Tynwald next week.


Onchan MHK Zach Hall wants to know whether similar legislation will be introduced here.


Smoking cigarettes in cars carrying children is to become a criminal offence in the UK. The issue has divided public opinion, with supporters saying the law is needed to protect children from passive smoking, claiming smoke fumes in a car are eleven times more concentrated than in open space. Detractors are complaining about a nanny state.


Offenders will face a £60 fine.


In Tynwald question time on Tuesday, Chief Minister Allan Bell will be quizzed over whether he intends to introduce the law in the Isle of Man and whether he believes a fixed penalty fine system should be considered. Zach Hall will also ask him to make a statement on the issue and indicate whether he will announce a public consultation.


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