Consultation now open on proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced an eight-week consultation on regulations to restrict smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The draft regulations propose that the existing legislation, as set out in the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, will be extended so that it will be an offence to: smoke in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present; and to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present. Minister O’Neill said: “Children are more susceptible than adults to harm caused by others’ cigarette smoke as they have smaller lungs and less developed immune systems." The consultation will run from 6 January 2017 to 3 March 2017.