Council chiefs in St Helens have welcomed the launch of the government’s consultation on the draft regulations to prohibit smoking in cars with children under 18 present.
It follows the successful St Helens Smokefree Homes and Cars scheme in 2013 - when over 1,200 local people pledged to make their cars and homes smoke free.
Support for smokefree cars when carrying under 18s is strong in the North West, with a recent YouGov survey showing 80 per cent of the public in favour, and only seven per cent opposed.
Councillor Andy Bowden, cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is great news for children and another step
closer to protecting them from second-hand smoke. Many people in St Helens have shown their support.”