Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

23/06/11 - Rosie on the bill to ban smoking in private vehicles

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, who supported the call for legislation to ban smoking in private vehicles when children are travelling in the vehicles.


MP Rosie said: “As someone who lost their mother to a smoking caused illness I come from a view point of knowing and living with the damage smoking can do to families.  My reason for supporting this bill is to protect the babies and children of smokers who will have to live with the consequences of their parents choices.


“I keep hearing from Conservatives about this being an infringement of people’s civil liberties.  My question to them is what about the civil liberties of the children.  They aren’t able to choose to get out of the car if their parents are smoking yet they will suffer the consequences of their parents smoking asthma and respiratory problems.  It is their health and wellbeing that is affected.  I believe they should be afforded some protections.  


“If a car full of adults want to smoke then fine.  Yet when it comes to smoking in the car with children I thought adults were supposed to know better.”


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