Smoking and e-cig laws to change next month
October isn't far away, and that's important for those of you who like a craft bine (or e-bine if you like). As of October 1st, the laws on smoking and e-cigarettes are going to change in Britain, of course, one of the more contentious ones is that it'll be illegal to smoke in your car if there's someone who is under-18 with you.
The start of the month will also see new laws that make it illegal for shops to sell e-cigarettes or e-liquids to anyone under 18.
One of the things to keep an eye on, is that the new law will punish drivers if they fail to stop someone from smoking in their car. Christ knows what'll happen if a driver fails to stop a 17 year old from lighting up.
Don't worry though - if you've got a convertible, and the roof is down, this doesn't apply to you. Indeed, if you're on the vapes, then you can smoke away regardless of who is in your car.
There's a fixed penalty of £50 for anyone breaching these arbitrary rules, and in some cases, both the driver and smoker could end up getting slapped with a fine. The officers enforcing the law will have to weigh-up whether to fine or send to court. Imagine. Being sent to court for having a smoke in your own car. Regardless of your feelings on smoking, this all seems like a waste of public money, but there you go.
The Department of Heath reckon: "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."