“Children are particularly vulnerable as they are still developing physically. In evidence to the committee the BMA highlighted how children breathe more rapidly and absorb more pollutants.
“Children exposed to second hand smoke in vehicles are at a greater risk of asthma and of taking up smoking in adolescence.
“We have witnessed high compliance rates for smoke free legislation. However its success can be greatly assisted by a public awareness campaign.
“We also need a long term sustained comprehensive tobacco control strategy that looks at all the influences, curtails the tobacco industry, helps people to stop smoking, and protects children and others from second hand smoke.” Ends/Críoch