The MSP who is launching a consultation on proposed legislation which could see smoking in vehicles when children are present illegal says the new law would protect youngsters.
Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume, who will launch the consultation on proposals for his Members' Bill in the Scottish Parliament next month, said it was unfair that children should be trapped in a car filled with smoke.
He said: "Passive smoking is entirely avoidable and a private vehicle is one of the few places a child can still be legally exposed to tobacco smoke."
The British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Children in Scotland and ASH Scotland, among many others, are seeking a change to the law.
Mr Hume said a ban on adults smoking in cars when children are passengers is the next logical step in smoking control, following on from the recent display ban which stops retailers having tobacco products on display.
He said: "It doesn't seem fair that any child should have to be trapped in a car which is filled with smoke. When you consider the real implications this can have for a child's immediate and future health, it is clear we need to do what we can to protect children and give them the best start in life."
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