Smoking in vehicles

Smoking in vehicles

Update on new law on smoking in cars and other vehicles with someone under 18.

From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in any vehicle with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.

The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.

Why not take this opportunity to quit?

Your local NHS Stop Smoking Service will give you the support you need when you want to quit. They are staffed by expert professionals who will be only too pleased to help create a plan to help you go smokefree.  In Hertfordshire there are almost 300 trained stop smoking advisors, and are here to support you every step of the way. You’re four times more likely to succeed with their help.

For free, friendly, specialist advice about quitting, contact Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service now: