Roscommon County Councillors have unamiously supported a motion supporting legislation to ban smoking in cars. The motion brought forward by Fianna Fail Councillor Eugene Murphy received strong support from members on all sides of the house.
Cllr Murphy told the meeting that he held very strong views about adult smoking in cars particularly when children were passengers in cars.
He expressed strong support for the Protection of Children from Tobacco Smoke Act 2012 brought forward by Senators John Crown, Mark Daly and Jilian Van Turnhout. This Bill proposes an Amendment to the Public Health (tobacco) Act 2002 which states “would prohibit the smoking of Tobacco products in vehicles where children are present”
According to Cllr Murphy’s research, a Canadian study shows that second hand smoke in cars found that car exposure was significantly associated with chronic bronchitis in children and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. He also found from further research that children are particularly vunerable to the effects of second hand smoke and exposure increases the risk of cot deaths, glue ear, asthma and other respiratory diseases.