A colleague of mine is putting forward a 10 Minute Rule Bill next week, supported by The British Lung Foundation, calling for smoking to be banned in private vehicles where there are children present. There is also an EDM on this. I’ll be supporting it, but I suppose some people would say what’s the difference between this and banning parents from smoking in their own homes?
I don’t think parents should smoke indoors, but politicians have avoided going down the route of banning it. I think most think it is just too difficult territory; it raises serious questions about the extent to which the State could/ should dictate what people do in the privacy of their homes, and what decisions they make about how to bring up their child.