Parents have come out in favour of banning smoking in cars where children are present.
In a recent piece of research from the British Lung Foundation (BLF), 86 per cent of parents claimed that they would support such a ban.
Perhaps surprisingly, the figures did not differ greatly between smokers and non-smokers, with 83 per cent of parents who smoked coming out in favour of the move.
Dame Helen Shovelton, chief executive of the BLF, commented on the proposed ban: "We see this as a natural next step from the ban on smoking in public places. I think if people had thought about it at that time, they probably would have done it.
"It is much worse if you're inside a small tin box with wheels than if you're in a large room. I don't think it is anything other than the natural next step."
A "small but significant" reduction in the number of emergency heart attack emissions was recorded following the introduction of the smoking ban for public spaces.