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A cigarette in your car could cost you £500

A cigarette in your car could cost you £500

Thursday 02 April 2015

A cigarette in your car could cost you £500

Thursday 02 April 2015

Drivers will be liable to £500 fines for smoking in cars carrying under-18s from September under new proposals.

The States have already backed the plan in principle, but now full proposals have been published – the news comes after Health Minister Andrew Green said he would follow the UK’s recent move to ban cigarette branding and bring in plain packs.

The original decision last July was made after Health argued that exposing children to second-hand smoke was bad for their health, and made them more likely to smoke themselves.

Almost 80% of Islanders supported the move in a consultation.

Under the proposals published yesterday, open-top or convertible cars would be exempt from the regulations.

The main fines would be for £500 – however, if someone failed to stop smoking in a car carrying a child after being asked to do so by a police officer, they could be fined £2,000.

The Health department said: “By introducing these Regulations, and in addition to existing measures contained within the States of Jersey tobacco Strategy, the Island will be protecting local children from the known harms of tobacco and taking positive steps to securing the future good health of the population.”

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Posted by Steve Tostevin on
About time!!!
Posted by Trevor Carre on
It should be made illegal for all motorists to smoke while driving their cars. I can not see how they can be in full control of their vehicle while lighting up a cigarette and holding it in one hand. I also note that most modern cars these days do not have ashtrays, so smokers now just throw their cigarettes out of their window. Will be interesting to see how robustly this will be policed.
Posted by Sarah Ferguson on
But how soon will they start dictating what you are allowed to do in the privacy of your home?
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