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From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in private vehicles when someone under the age of 18 is present. This applies to Wales and England.

The new law means:

  • a private vehicle must become a smoke-free place if it is enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under the age of 18
  • it will be an offence for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle when someone under the age of 18 is present or for a driver, including a provisional driver, not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances
  • the rules do not apply to e-cigarettes
  • the law does not apply when someone under the age of 18 is smoking and is the only person in the vehicle.
    Police and local authorities will enforce the regulations.

You can find out what this change to the law means for you by visiting the Fresh Start Wales website (external link)