The Quit Squad at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is raising awareness about the change in the law regarding smoking in cars which aims to protect children and teenagers from secondhand smoke. The new law will apply to any vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof and it still applies if the windows or sun roof is down or if the air conditioning is on.
If caught breaking the new law it’s not only the driver who could be fined, the smoker could also be fined £50 and this applies to every driver in England and Wales including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"Many people aren’t aware of secondhand smoke because 80% of it is invisible and odourless. Over time exposure to secondhand smoke can cause serious health issues like cancer and heart disease in non-smokers; it can also cause breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. The only way to completely protect children, friends and family from it is to ensure you have a smokefree home and to quit smoking for good. Our friendly team are on hand to help and support those who want to stop smoking and can also help quitting e-cigarettes."
The Trust’s Quit Squad offer stop smoking services across Central Lancashire and East Lancashire and can be contacted on 0800 3286297, 01772 644474 or 01254 283370. To find out about the drop in clinics on offer or to refer to the service, visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk
Secondhand smoke contains 4,000 chemicals which are in the smoke exhaled during smoking and the smoke created by the end of a lit cigarette. Irritants and toxins that are found in secondhand smoke include:
- Arsenic, which can be found in rat poison
- Benzene, which is found in petrol fumes and can cause leukemia
- And cyanide, which is poisonous and an industrial pollutant