David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has voted to support an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that would give the Government powers to ban smoking in any private vehicle carrying someone under the age of 18. The debate took place in the House of Commons yesterday (10 February).
Should someone be caught smoking in a car carrying children, they would receive a penalty notice under the same provisions that ban smoking in private-hire and work vehicles. The amendment was passed with a majority of 269.
Mr Evennett said “I have been a long-time campaigner against smoking and voted for a ban on smoking in public places. Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of death. It accounts for nearly 80,000 premature deaths per year in England alone and other health problems, which is why I am an active supporter of the excellent Bexley Stop Smoking Service. This small change to the smoke-free legislation will help to protect children, who do not have a choice as to whether they are subjected to second-hand smoke.”
Provisions were also introduced that would give Ministers the power to make regulations to standardise the packaging of tobacco products, should a decision be taken by the Government to do so following the outcome of an ongoing independent review of the evidence of its effectiveness.
Mr Evennett is pictured at the Bexley Stop Smoking Service Awards in 2012.