The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Countries ban smoking in vehicles with children

Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have been adopted in South Africa, Mauritius, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and in provincial or state governments in the US, Canada and Australia.

The laws help protect children from exposure to very high levels of tobacco smoke that can cause increased health risks like bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Canadian Cancer Society Senior Policy Analyst Rob Cunningham welcomes the laws, and says they will spread to other countries.

“There is growing international momentum to require smoke-free vehicles with kids.    Laws have been implemented in more and more countries, states, provinces and municipalities,” he said.

“Experience has shown that such laws are feasible, and are popular with the public.”

Jurisdictions enforcing the law (excluding municipalities)

Jurisdiction

Applicable under age

When law came into effect

Canada

 

 

Nova Scotia

19

1 April 2008

Yukon Territory

18

15 May 2008

British Columbia

16

7 April 2009


Ontario

16

21 January 2009

New Brunswick

16    

1 January 2010

Prince Edward Island     

19

15 September 2009

Manitoba 

16

15 January 2010

Saskatchewan 

16

1 October 2010

Newfoundland and Labrador

16

1 July 2011

Australian states and territories

 

 

South Australia

16

31 May 2007

Tasmania

18

1 January 2008)

New South Wales 

16

1 July 2009

Victoria

18

1 January  2010


Queensland

16

1 January 2010

Western Australia

17

23 September 2010

United States

 

 

Arkansas

If car seat required

21 July 2006

Louisiana

13 

15 August 2006

California 

18

1 January 2008

Maine 

16

1 September 2008

Puerto Rico (US Commonwealth in Caribbean)

13

2 March 2007

Mauritius

18

1 March 2009

South Africa

12

21 August 2009

Bahrain

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