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New rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking

As you may be aware, rules are coming into force next month which may potentially affect you.  The source of the article is from the Gov.UK website.

1. What the new changes are

From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal:

    for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or e-liquids to someone under 18
    for adults to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18
    to smoke in private vehicles that are carrying someone under 18

2. Rules about smoking in private vehicles

From 1 October 2015, private vehicles must be smokefree if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under 18.

So it will be an offence:

    for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle that is carrying someone who is under 18
    for a driver (including a provisional driver) not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances

The rules donít apply to e-cigarettes.
2.1 Penalties

The fixed penalty notice fine for both offences is £50. Somebody who commits both offences could get 2 fines. Private vehicles must be carrying more than one person to be smokefree so somebody who is 17 and smoking alone in a private vehicle wonít be committing an offence.

Enforcement officers (usually the police) will use their discretion to decide whether to issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice, or whether to refer an offence to court.
2.2 What classes as an enclosed vehicle

The legislation covers any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. A convertible car, or coupe, with the roof completely down and stowed is not enclosed and so isnít covered by the legislation. But a vehicle with a sunroof open is still enclosed and so is covered by the legislation.

Sitting in the open doorway of an enclosed vehicle is covered by the legislation.

The rules apply to motorhomes, campervans and caravans when they are being used as a vehicle but donít apply when they are being used as living accommodation.

The rules donít apply to:

    boats, ships and aircraft, as they have their own rules
    work vehicles and public transport, as they are already covered by smokefree legislation

2.3 Why the law is changing

Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This puts them at risk of serious conditions, such as meningitis, cancer and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous for anyone, but children are especially vulnerable, because they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways, lungs and immune systems. Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and opening windows does not remove its harmful effect.

The law is changing to protect children and young people from such harm.
15th September 2015, 14:19
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