Based on the latest reports, the Scottish Government issued a new regulation stating that any driver smoking in a car with children would get a fine of £1,000.
This policy aims to provide extra protection to teenagers and children from the dangerous second-hand smoke. According to the public health specialists, second-hand smoke can cause a wide range of conditions in children including asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
In addition to this, kids are more vulnerable to the tobacco smoke because their lungs are smaller, and they breathe much faster than adults, so they inhale more toxic particles. Recent research suggests that the levels of toxic particles in a car are over ten times higher than the particles in the air.
The public health officials hope that by 2034, the country will be tobacco-free with a smoking rate of less than five percent. The first target of reducing children’s exposure to second-hand smoke indoors from 12 percent to six percent by 2020 has already been accomplished.
Smoking in public housing will also be prohibited across the United States. The officials underline that kids deserve to grow up in a healthy and smoke-free environment. According to Aileen Campbell from the Minister for Public Health and Sport, the government promises to protect the young generation from the life-threatening effects of public smoking.
Based on the estimates, one in six children are exposed daily to the toxic second-hand smoke in the cars. Sheila Duffy, the Ash Scotland chief executive, says that although parents are trying to protect their children from the cigarette smoke, they are unaware of the fact that this toxic smoke lingers in the air.
In addition, it becomes odorless and invisible in just one minute. The new policy was introduced last year and passed unanimously in December. As such, it has become effective because one year passed since it was approved.
The lungs face the most dangerous exposure to the harmful second-hand smoke which contains minimum 61 carcinogens. Public health specialists estimate that the new regulations will prevent 60,000 children every year from developing health conditions related to smoking.
It is worth mentioning that smoking is the top preventable death cause worldwide and the primary factor influencing the development of lung cancer in the United States.
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