Council backs government plans for car smoking ban

Council backs government plans for car smoking ban

Council backs government plans for car smoking ban

First published in News

THE council has welcomed the launch of a public consultation over government proposals to ban smoking in cars in front of children.

It follows a successful scheme in the town in 2013 when more than 1,200 people pledged to stop smoking in their cars and homes.

A recent survey by research group YouGov showed that 80 per cent of the public were in favour of banning smoking in cars when children were present.

Councillor Andy Bowden cabinet member for public health said: “This is great news for children and another step closer to protecting them from second-hand smoke.

“Many people in St Helens have shown their support for smoke free cars through the St Helens Smokefree homes and cars scheme. Now they can have their say on a national scheme through this consultation on the draft regulations.”

The consultation period ends on Wednesday, August 27.

 

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12:51pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jumperr says...

How can you smoke and be in control of a car
How can you smoke and be in control of a car jumperr
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

TESSYGLYNN says...

jumperr wrote:
How can you smoke and be in control of a car
Simple answer is - you can't
[quote][p][bold]jumperr[/bold] wrote: How can you smoke and be in control of a car[/p][/quote]Simple answer is - you can't TESSYGLYNN
  • Score: 6

6:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ollie70 says...

The sooner smoking is banned in every public area, and one day it will, the better.
The sooner smoking is banned in every public area, and one day it will, the better. ollie70
  • Score: 8

10:19am Wed 23 Jul 14

It's all a blur says...

This can only be a good thing. It isn't right that children, or other passengers are sat breathing in other's smoke.
This can only be a good thing. It isn't right that children, or other passengers are sat breathing in other's smoke. It's all a blur
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

All smoking should be banned.How times have changed. I recall being stopped by the police on the East Lancs 40 years ago a mile short of Everton FC with 90 y.o. grandad smoking his pipe in oblivion to the police in the back and my 1 year old son going green!!! (That's if I could see him through the smoke) Police could have charged me for that today for cruelty!!?

Due to the smoking ban isn't it strange that one person smoking in a street you can smell it at considerable distance and when talking to a strong smoker it's like speaking to an ash-tray?
All smoking should be banned.How times have changed. I recall being stopped by the police on the East Lancs 40 years ago a mile short of Everton FC with 90 y.o. grandad smoking his pipe in oblivion to the police in the back and my 1 year old son going green!!! (That's if I could see him through the smoke) Police could have charged me for that today for cruelty!!? Due to the smoking ban isn't it strange that one person smoking in a street you can smell it at considerable distance and when talking to a strong smoker it's like speaking to an ash-tray? Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 5

12:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

PS how did we ever see the screen in the cinema in the days when everyone smoked?
PS how did we ever see the screen in the cinema in the days when everyone smoked? Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sankey says...

I am not a labour man bill as you might have gathered but the smoking ban was something I admire them for
I am not a labour man bill as you might have gathered but the smoking ban was something I admire them for Sankey
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Sankey if it wasn't for you et al life would be boring.
Sankey if it wasn't for you et al life would be boring. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 4

5:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

stevelunt says...

Whilst it is a good idea, I cannot see how this can be policed, we can't even police the current smokers (or indeed mobile phone users)

I still see a lot of van drivers, taxi drivers etc smoking in their 'company' vehicles

There is not enough police presence on the roads and to be honest I would rather the police resources being spent fighting real crime
Whilst it is a good idea, I cannot see how this can be policed, we can't even police the current smokers (or indeed mobile phone users) I still see a lot of van drivers, taxi drivers etc smoking in their 'company' vehicles There is not enough police presence on the roads and to be honest I would rather the police resources being spent fighting real crime stevelunt
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette.

Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on.
Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette. Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

12:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

keepitreel says...

we should also ban eating drinking listening to the radio/cd talking to passengers having pets in the car or noisy distracting kids,everyone should wear correct footwear when driving as well as smoking.anyone under 21 or over 65 should have a curfew from the hours of 10pm to 8am everyday to prevent accidents and anyone over the age of 70 should have their licence taken of them,no child should be taken to school in a car in a morning ,just a few ideas to stop anything happening on the roads
we should also ban eating drinking listening to the radio/cd talking to passengers having pets in the car or noisy distracting kids,everyone should wear correct footwear when driving as well as smoking.anyone under 21 or over 65 should have a curfew from the hours of 10pm to 8am everyday to prevent accidents and anyone over the age of 70 should have their licence taken of them,no child should be taken to school in a car in a morning ,just a few ideas to stop anything happening on the roads keepitreel
  • Score: -1

10:28am Sat 26 Jul 14

mjo says...

Hughwithaview wrote:
Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette.

Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on.
I don't think anyone is forcing passengers to smoke. I don't smoke but if I accept a lift off a smoker that's a choice there is no force involved.
[quote][p][bold]Hughwithaview[/bold] wrote: Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette. Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is forcing passengers to smoke. I don't smoke but if I accept a lift off a smoker that's a choice there is no force involved. mjo
  • Score: -4

11:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

mjo wrote:
Hughwithaview wrote:
Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette.

Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on.
I don't think anyone is forcing passengers to smoke. I don't smoke but if I accept a lift off a smoker that's a choice there is no force involved.
When I said "passengers" I meant all "passengers" not just voluntary ones.
What about children in the back seats breathing in their parents smoke - are they not being forced?
[quote][p][bold]mjo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hughwithaview[/bold] wrote: Smoking in cars should definately be banned - no passenger should be forced into breathing in cigarette smoke. I also think from a safety point of view it is a dangerous as using a mobile phone. How many times have you seen someone wrestling with the steering wheel as if they were driving a tank all because they are jiggling about with a cigarette. Nice to see politics put aside and common sense prevailing as this is one proposal all parties should agree on.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone is forcing passengers to smoke. I don't smoke but if I accept a lift off a smoker that's a choice there is no force involved.[/p][/quote]When I said "passengers" I meant all "passengers" not just voluntary ones. What about children in the back seats breathing in their parents smoke - are they not being forced? Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

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