20 January 2012
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) today launches an online pledge in which adults across the UK will commit to keeping their cars smoke-free when children are passengers.
Any adult, whether they are a smoker, ex-smoker or non smoker can make the pledge by visiting the BLF website and entering their details.
Research shows that just one cigarette in the car, even with the window open, creates a greater concentration of second-hand smoke than a whole evening’s smoking in a pub1. Evidence from BLF research shows that more than half of eight to 15 year olds have been exposed to smoking in cars. Unsurprisingly, eighty-six per cent of children across the UK want people to stop smoking when they are on board.
Clare Cox, Director of Communications at the British Lung Foundation, said:
“Children have sent a strong message to their parents that they no longer want to endure a smoky car ride. Parents can listen to their children’s concerns and take this pledge to protect young lungs from the damage caused by cigarette fumes in the car.”
Make a pledge to keep your car smoke-free when children are passengers
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1ASH Essential Information on: Smoking in cars, August 2009