U.K. Lawmakers Vote to Ban on Smoking in Cars With Children

Lawmakers in the U.K. Parliament’s upper chamber voted for a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.

Members of the House of Lords voted 222 to 197 for an amendment to the Children and Families Bill giving the health secretary the power to make it an offense for a driver to allow anyone to smoke in a vehicle when children are present. The amendment will have to be agreed by the lower House of Commons, where the government has a majority, before it becomes law.

The health department said before the vote that while it supported the objective, “we do not believe that legislation is the most effective way to achieve this.” Prime Minister David Cameron “wants to look at the evidence,” his spokesman, Jean-Christophe Gray, told reporters earlier.

“We know that nearly half a million children in England are exposed to potentially toxic levels of second-hand smoke in family cars every single week, and that’s why we’re calling for action today,” Labour health spokeswoman, Luciana Berger, told the BBC today.

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