The Asthma Society of Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly of a ban on smoking in cars where children are present which will come into effect on New Year’s Day.
Commenting on the announcement Kevin Kelly, Advocacy Manager for the Asthma Society of Ireland said:
“We are delighted that this piece of health focused legislation will come into effect on the 1st of January 2016. From the perspective of the Asthma Society we are delighted that from that date onwards it will be an offence for anyone to light a cigarette in the company of a child while travelling in a vehicle. Currently, 1 in 5 children in Ireland have asthma and as we know cigarette smoke can aggravate asthma so we view this as an important step in limiting people’s exposure to cigarette smoke.”
The full announcement is available here