A BAN on smoking in cars when children are present came into force in Scotland yesterday.
Anyone caught lighting up in a private vehicle with someone under 18 on board now faces an on-the-spot penalty of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted in court.
Ministers and health campaigners say the ban will protect children and take Scotland a step closer towards its target of becoming tobacco-free within two decades.
Ash Scotland anti-smoking charity head Sheila Duffy said: “The most recent data shows that about one in six 15-year-olds are sometimes or often exposed to second-hand smoke in the car.
“When we know that just one cigarette can quickly lead to harmful levels of smoke, we have to take action. This is about protecting children’s health.”
The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by MSPs almost a year ago.
In England and Wales, a law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children came into force in October last year.