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“Every child has a right to breathe clean air" says RCN chief executive

Last week parliament approved regulations that will make smoking in cars carrying children in England illegal. The regulations mean a ban will be in place from October 2015.

Responding to the announcement Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said: “Nurses see the devastating effects that smoking can have on people's lives. Smoking still causes unnecessary deaths every year in the UK and costs the NHS dear, not to mention the untold human distress and misery.

 

“For a child, being in a smoke-filled car can be immensely harmful. Every child has a right to breathe clean air and their health has to be the prime consideration."

 

Public Health England will run a campaign later in the year to raise awareness of the new legislation.