Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (250)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

253 Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Health his plans to penalise drivers who smoke whilst carrying child passengers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32644/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The Government recently gave approval for the drafting of amendments to a Private Member's Bill entitled "Protection of Children's Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012". The purpose of the Bill is to prohibit smoking in cars where children are present. The details of the Bill, including issues relating to penalties, are currently being considered.