Chief Minister Gallagher has announced victory in her long war against smoking in cars with kids.
“The passage of the Smoking in Cars with Children (Prohibition) Act 2011 is another step forward for public health and shows the Government’s resolve to protect children under the age of 16 from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke,” the Chief Minister said.
“While it is an adult’s right to choose to smoke, vulnerable groups who cannot always speak for themselves have a right to be protected from second hand smoke, particularly when exposure can increase the risk of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and middle-ear infections.
“So if you smoke with kids in the car and you’re caught, you will cough up a $250 fine. The Act also provides for a higher fine of up to $5500 if the offence goes to court,” said Ms Gallagher.