“Today sees us take an important step in protecting the health of children. The ban on smoking in cars carrying children – which came into effect yesterday (1st February 2022) – will safeguard them from the damaging effects of second-hand smoke. We know the dangers of second-hand smoke and the role it plays in conditions like asthma so I am pleased that this ban has come into force.
“This is exactly the type of proactive preventative measures that are needed to create a healthier society. I am glad to see such policies being implemented under Robin Swann’s leadership of the Department of Health. The knock-on effect of this policy will be lessening the normalisation of smoking around children which we hope will see fewer young people in turn taking up smoking themselves.”