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A ban on smoking in cars

Children in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced new plans to ban smoking in cars in Wales where a child is present.

The move was announced by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Mark Drakeford, in a joint statement today.

The Welsh Government announced its intentions to tackle the problem of second-hand smoke in cars in 2011, and a campaign, Fresh Start Wales, was launched in 2012.

However, although the rate of smoking in cars has declined since then, the Welsh Government has now decided to pursue a legislative solution to stopping children being harmed by second-hand smoke.

Children are particularly affected by second-hand smoke, which can cause a large number of serious illnesses. The affect of smoke is increased in confined spaces, such as in a car.

A consultation on this issue will be held in the near future.

You can find out more on the Welsh Government website here:
http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/healthandsocialcare/2014/140715smoking-in-c....

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