Keeping our children smoke-free in cars

2016-11-22 - Keeping our children smoke-free in cars imageFrom 05 December 2016, the law has changed to protect babies, children and young people up to 18 years old from exposure to tobacco smoke in cars.  From that date, smoking in a vehicle containing anyone under 18 will be against the law.

The new legislation has been introduced to protect children and young people from the harm caused by second hand smoke, which can put them at increased risk of serious conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

Latest research highlights that the toxic particles in second hand smoke can reach harmful concentrations within a minute of lighting a cigarette in a car. 

Studies have also shown the average toxic particle levels breathed in during a smoking car journey are more than 10 times higher than the average levels found in the air in Edinburgh.

The offence could carry a fixed penalty of £100.  To find out more about second hand smoke and the harm it can cause, visit

If you would like help to QUIT smoking, the local Smokefree Hebrides Cessation Service provides free, confidential, advice, help and support to anyone in the Western Isles.  Friendly advisors can help you increase your chances of success in quitting smoking and offer 1-to-1, group or telephone support at times convenient to you. Smokefree Hebrides also offers a text and email service.  Contact Smokefree Hebrides by telephoning 01851 701623 or email

Evidence shows that you are four times more likely to successfully QUIT for good with the support of the Smoking Cessation Service.