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Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned?

Three senators are hoping to introduce legislation that would ban smoking while driving in cars but critics would argue people should be allowed the choice or that such laws would be hard to enforce. What do you think?

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LEGISLATION IS BEING proposed to ban smoking in cars when there are children present.

Senators John Crowne, Jillian van Turnhout and Mark Daly are drafting the legislation and hope to put it forward in the Seanad next month. Van Turnhout said today she hopes that gardaí would impose a fine on motorists who are caught smoking when children are present in the car.

However, critics would argue that the legislation goes too far in dictating what a person can and cannot do in their own car whilst driving. As well as that some believe that the ban would be difficult for authorities to enforce.

But what do you think? Should smoking in a car when children are present be banned or is such legislation unnecessary?

Poll Results:

Yes, it should be banned (2064)
It's pointless, too difficult to enforce (469)
No, people should be allowed the choice (376)
Don't know (26)

Read: Ban smoking in cars with children present, say Senators

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Hugh O'Connell

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