RCP president Professor Jane Dacre, said:
I welcome the news that the regulations enabling smoking to be banned in cars where children are present have been passed today. The RCP called for this in its 2010 report Passive Smoking and Children.
I am delighted that this will help protect future generations of children from second hand smoke.
- Using evidence-based studies and additional analysis, funded by Cancer Research UK and carried out by the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, partly based at Nottingham University, the report issued in 2010 contained alarming new estimates for key measures of health damage attributable to passive smoking, which for children each year caused:
- over 20,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infection
- 120,000 cases of middle ear disease
- at least 22,000 new cases of wheeze and asthma
- 200 cases of bacterial meningitis
- 40 sudden infant deaths – one in five of all SIDs
- Each year, these cases generate over 300,000 UK GP consultations and about 9,500 hospital admissions, and cost the NHS about £23.3 million. Read the full report.