Keep your children safe from smoke

Date: 04/06/13, GRANGEMOUTH, Falkirk Herald office, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road - pic of baby car seat and smoker etc to illustrate possible ban on smoking in cars story.

Date: 04/06/13, GRANGEMOUTH, Falkirk Herald office, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road - pic of baby car seat and smoker etc to illustrate possible ban on smoking in cars story.

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Parents have been asked to take action to protect children from second-hand smoke in cars by North East MSP Alison McInnes.

Parents who are concerned about the dangers of passive smoking have also been invited by Mrs McInnes to contribute to a consultation on a member’s Bill, which her Liberal Democrat colleague Jim Hume MSP has introduced at parliament.

The Bill aims to stop people smoking in cars when children are present.

The consultation on the Smoking (Children in Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill runs until the end of this month and has the support of a number of organisations and campaign groups, including BMA Scotland, the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Mrs McInnes said: “As a parent I know that the start of the school year can be an exciting time, with children changing schools or classes and looking forward to catching up with friends after the summer break.

“With many parents taking responsibility for the school run it is also worth reminding people of the dangers that second hand smoke poses to children’s health.

“We all want children to have the chance to get on in life and that starts with good health. Children and young people are vulnerable to the effects of second hand smoke. We have made real progress on this issue in recent years but there is still a long way to go.”

Anyone wishing to make a submission can do so at www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/63843.aspx