The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has urged the government to ban smoking in cars that have children as passengers.
The organization has based this call on the results of a survey carried out by it, which showed that 86 percent of UK parents would support the ban. Furthermore 83 percent of smoking parents are also in favor of such a ban.
The survey included 1,000 people n web forum Mum's Net. The results also showed that 13 percent of current smokers have smoked in the car when travelling with children, but left the window opened.
"This overwhelming evidence and public support can no longer be ignored and as the only UK charity supporting everyone affected by lung disease, we are calling for this legislation," said BLF Chief Executive Dame Helena Shovelton, adding that such a move would also prevent 22,000 new cases of asthma among children each year.