By Daily Mail Reporter
Smoking in your car should be against the law, doctors have told ministers.
The British Medical Association is calling on the Government to bring in the ‘bold and courageous’ ban for reasons of health rather than road safety.
Dr Vivienne Nathanson, of the BMA, said: ‘Every year in England there are more than 80,000 deaths that are caused by smoking. This figure increases to a shocking six million worldwide.
‘The UK made a huge step forward in the fight against tobacco by banning smoking in all enclosed public places but more can still be done.
‘We are calling on the UK Government to take the bold and courageous step of banning smoking in private vehicles.
‘The evidence for extending the smoke-free legislation is compelling. The current UK Government prefers voluntary measures or ‘nudging’ to bring about public health change, but this stance has been shown to fail time and time again.’
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: ‘We do not believe that legislation is the most effective way to encourage people to change their behaviour.
The BMA’s message coincides with the second reading of a Private Members’ Bill, on November 25, calling for a smoking ban in vehicles when children are present.
But Simon Clark, of smokers’ group Forest said: ‘There is no justification for a ban in cars, with or without children present.
‘Legislation is a gross over-reaction. What next, a ban on smoking in the home?’