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Ban on smoking in vehicles now, motorhomes next?

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MP wants to extend ban on smoking in vehicles to motorhome

Regulations that make it an offence to smoke in a car when children under the age of 18 are present have completed their passage through Parliament and will come into force on 1 October of this year. Labour MP for Stockton, Alex Cunningham began the campaign three and half years ago when he introduced a Ten Minute Rule bill in the House of Commons. He subsequently co-sponsored a private members bill that was introduced in May 2012.

The Smoke Free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 that have passed specifically exclude caravans and motorhomes when being used as accommodation, despite the confined nature of the space and concentration of the fumes. Alex commented,  “It has been a long haul since I first introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill back in June 2011, but I very much welcome the Regulations and the much needed changes that they bring. Life will be better and healthier for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of young people as a result of the vote to introduce a ban on smoking in cars when children are present.

“However, while I am overjoyed that the Regulations have been passed and a commencement date has been set, I nonetheless look forward to the day when the Minister goes one step further and recognises that smoking in caravans and motorhomes whilst serving as accommodation is almost equally as dangerous for children.”

However, the MP conceded that implementing any ban when motorhomes stay on campsites that are private land would be problematic and replied to MMM that, “I hope however that having raised the issue in Parliament, people who do smoke in very confined spaces like caravans and motorhomes where there are children might think about the dangers and choose to smoke outside. I’m sure none of your readers would want to knowingly put their children or grandchildren at risk. As to the technicalities, I’m not sure whether it would take a specific piece of legislation or whether the regulations can simply be changed.”

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