Smoking in cars
Yesterday was a reassuringly positive day. I tabled the second reading of my Smoke-free Private Vehicles Bill, which aims to legislate against people smoking in the car when children are on board. Whilst no peer voiced objection to the principle that children need protection, there was some debate over the method through which this could be achieved.
There can be few more trying experiences for families than long car journeys. Fights over what music you listen to; arguments over when the next toilet or food stop should be; endless rounds of ‘I Spy’; whether you’re going the quickest route to avoid the traffic…and, no matter what happens, the constant refrain of ‘are we nearly there yet?’ Fortunately, the kind souls at the British Medical Association (BMA) have decided that they want to ease the burden of stressed parents having a crafty fag on arduous Yuletide trips.
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