After the smoking ban in public places was implemented, most people suspected that it was only a matter of time before smoking in other places came under scrutiny.
From the 1st October 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a vehicle in England and Wales, with anyone under the age of 18 present .
The interesting thing is that the British Health Foundation have always highlighted a link between passive smoking and a higher risk for children from tooth decay and problems with their oral health development.
They welcome this move which will definitely protect children and young people from the dangers of inhaling second hand smoke, which contains a higher concentration of harmful chemicals in a confined space like a vehicle.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE says ” everybody is aware of the dangers of smoking to our health, but often overlook the effects on our mouth, gums and teeth. Second hand smoke can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases, mouth cancer.”
He also highlights the fact that “research has shown that a single cigarette smoked in a car with closed windows, produces 11 times higher levels of second hand smoke than in an average bar, where smoking is permitted. This is extremely dangerous to anyone within that car, especially children, whose dental health is still developing.”
Under the new law, both the driver and the person smoking with an under 18 person present, can be issued an on-the-spot fine of £50.
We fully endorse and support this new legislation at Westgate Dental Clinic.