Protecting children in cars from tobacco smoke: The inconsistent case of new mandatory child restraints while optional smoking persists

Friday, November 1st, 2013 | Nick Wilson | 2 Comments


Dr Ninya Maubach

Today sees new rules to ensure children are safely secured in cars come into force, yet many remain exposed to hazardous second hand tobacco smoke (SHS) in vehicles. This blog ask why regulators are prepared to introduce regulation that protects children in the event of a car crash, but are unwilling to protect them from known toxins in tobacco smoke. All Australian States and the ACT prohibit smoking in cars with children present – why isn’t NZ, when the public supports this?

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