Synopsis: Below you will find a list of research papers which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service for the Health Committee in 2016. The papers are listed in reverse chronological order.
Smoking in private vehicles carrying children
- Date: 26/02/2016
In February 2016, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly voted in favour of an amendment contained within the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (2015) to ban anyone from smoking in private vehicles (such as cars) carrying children. This paper explores the health risks associated with exposure of children to second-hand smoke, and the dangers posed by smoke toxins in private vehicles; the use of legislation and policy to change people’s behaviour; arguments for and against the introduction of a ban; the position in Northern Ireland - compared with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, which have recently introduced similar bans; and if there is any evidence from elsewhere regarding the efficacy of smoking bans in private vehicles carrying children.
This paper examines the key provisions of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 as introduced by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland, and highlights some areas for further consideration.