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13 Feb 2014

I am pleased that MPs of all parties earlier this week voted in favour of adding an amendment to the Children and Families Bill giving the Health Secretary the power to ban smoking in cars with children.

I accept that people have concerns relating to enforcement, however, at one time people had to have seat belts in cars but did not have to wear them, with only one person in four doing so. When the law was changed, 90% of people started wearing them practically overnight. This is about changing habits.

We could not have a worse situation than somebody in a confined space like a car smoking cigarettes when children are there. This ban is a precious victory for child health.