Public health chiefs in East Sussex are backing a campaign aimed at protecting children from passive smoking – after a new law to tackle the problem was approved by Parliament.
Smoking in cars in which children are present will be illegal in England from October 1, with offenders facing the prospect of a £50 fine, following a House of Commons vote.
East Sussex County Council is backing a national campaign to coincide with the law change, highlighting the risks of exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke on children. The campaign, which features advertisements on television, radio and online, highlights the fact parents are often unaware of the damage smoking in the home and car causes to children’s health, and encourages them to quit.
Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of public health, said: “The new legislation is a welcome and long overdue step to protect children from the effects of second-hand smoke. Children are more vulnerable than adults to the health problems associated with breathing in smoke, but are often too young or if older reluctant or embarrassed to speak out to ask their parents to stop.”