"Adults are free to make their own choices but that often does not apply to children and that's why society has an obligation to protect them from preventable harm," said the UK's shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham.
The ban is raising the ire of some, though, who see a ban on smoking in private vehicles as government overreach. "I think this legislation is very heavy-handed, totally unnecessary and according to surveys 84-percent of adults wouldn't dream of lighting a cigarette in a car, in a small enclosed space with a child present," said Simon Clark, the director of Forest, a UK-based "pro-smoking group."
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