May 26, 2020
Car smoking ban passes
Parliament yesterday unanimously passed a bill making it illegal to smoke in a car with children, a decade after a Māori affairs select committee inquiry recommended the move be investigated.
Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke due to their smaller lungs, higher respiratory rate and more immature immune systems.
Police will have discretion to issue on-the-spot fines of $50, issue warnings or refer people to cessation support services.
She says New Zealand joins Australia, Finland, the UK, most Canadian provinces and some US states, in banning smoking in cars with kids.
Vaping in cars with kids is also set to be banned,
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