Twenty of Britain’s leading doctors called for a ban that would prohibit smoking in cars as part of a new set of laws that are designed to protect young children from the negative effects of exposure to smoke.
In a letter written by the doctors they ask for additional anti-smoking legislation to help battle the many health problems that result from inhaling passive smoke.
Each of the signatories, which include 13 presidents of royal colleges, ask the Government to prohibit smoking in public areas that are frequented by young children such as playgrounds and parks as well as within vehicles.
It is estimated that around two million children are around cigarette smoke within the home and a child is thought to be double as likely to start smoking if they are around a family member who does.
According to the doctors, in order for the national strategy to work there need to be media campaigns, an increase in the price of tobacco, more smoking cessation services, and more direct health warnings.
The Royal College of Physicians released a new study this week coincidently that reports that over 300,000 GP appointments each year are because of the effects that smoking can have on children and an additional 9,500 hospital admissions each year are made for the same reason.
The report also shows that 40 sudden infant deaths are the result of passive smoking as well as 120,000 cases of disease in the middle ear.