Banning smoking in cars with children is a “waste of time” and “unenforceable” say campaigners.
Responding to the announcement that from the start of the new year anyone caught smoking in a car with children present will face prosecution, John Mallon, spokesman for the smokers’ group Forest Eireann, said:
“Most smokers know smoking in a car with children is inconsiderate. That’s why the overwhelming majority don’t do it.
“The new law is a waste of time and unenforceable. It will make no difference to public health but it represents a worrying intrusion by government into people’s private space.”
Commenting on the regulations to be announced today, he added:
“Gardaí surely have better things to do than stop drivers on suspicion they may be smoking with a child on board.
“What happens if drivers are using an e-cigarette? Will they be pulled over too?”
“This is gesture politics designed to stigmatise a substantial minority of the population who know how to behave without the threat of stiff fines and other penalties.”