SW Londoner’s Amaris Cole takes to the streets of Wimbledon to find out.
Controversy over the subject of smoking has increased in recent years, seeming to culminate with the 2007 ban of smoking in clubs, pubs and other public areas.
However, new calls from the BMA were announced this week, asking the government to ban drivers from smoking in cars too.
It is already illegal to smoke in work vehicles, but these plans would see smoking in private cars ruled out too.
Proponents of the plans say this will save lives, not only because passengers, especially children, will be less exposed to second hand smoke, but that the measure would also improve road safety, by stopping drivers lighting up while driving.
With cases of road-users being fined for eating an apple while behind the wheel, is it only fair that smoking is banned?
SW Londoner took to the streets of Wimbledon to find out:
Should smoking be banned in cars?
“It would be good. If it’s a law it might encourage more people to quit.”
“It’s their private property so what’s the next step, stopping people smoking in their houses?
“I smoke when I’m driving but just when its me in the car, I wouldn’t be too happy if they banned it. I don’t mind not smoking in pubs and bars I’m quite happy with that but saying you cant smoke in your cars is a bit unfair.”
“I guess it’s bad because its your private property. I doubt it will get through- I understand in company vehicles and the restrictions on public places. I quit two weeks ago and I understand that smoking is fairly ridiculous but it’s your private property.”
“It’s private property so I think you should be able to do what you want in your car.”
“It’s not good, otherwise the next step will be in houses or something.”
“I don’t like getting into a car where someone has been smoking but I wouldn’t stop the smoker from smoking- I don’t like it but I don’t think you can stop it and I don’t know how they’ll monitor it.”
“I think it’s a bad thing. I think people should be able to do whatever they want in their own private property. Next thing you know you’ll go in a pub and be told you’re only allowed two pints.”
“If there’s no children then it’s OK but if it’s just you then you should know better- it’s your own fault. It’s your own choice except if there’s children involved.”
“If it saves lives it’s a good thing, whatever measures it takes.”