Welcome to a very wet Monday, which sees the military being deployed across various points of the River Thames this week, as flooding is set to reach an all new high. Our question this week though is, by contrast, smoking hot.
As the Children and Families Bill is set to be discussed in the House of Commons today, it looks likely that the clause which hopes to ban smoking in cars with children will be passed. The Guardian this morning reports that:
“Divisions in Tory and Liberal Democrat ranks mean the measure will be supported by the Commons, ensuring it becomes law. Michael Gove, the education secretary, is supporting the ban, but the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and the business secretary, Vince Cable, have said they oppose it on libertarian and practical grounds.” (Nick Clegg is a smoker himself).
The shadow public health minister, Luciana Berger, says:
“300,000 GP appointments every year result from children suffering from the effects of secondhand smoke, including young people who have had to endure passive smoking in the back of a car.”
Our question this week then, is this: how practical is a legal ban on smoking in cars with kids and do you think it is an infringement of people’s rights?