Anyone caught unveiling up while a youngster-anyone under 18 — is in their private vehicle darings an on-the-spot penalty of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if the case goes to court.
Smokers’ number Forest has branded the regulations » tronising and unnecessary» after just on prosecution for the indignation in England and Wales since the law was ssed south of the Border a year ago.
But fitness cam igners welcomed the move as they pointed to figures suggesting approximately one in six 15-year-olds are being exposed to second-hand smoke in the car.
Sheila Duffy, chief governmental of anti-smoking charity Ash Scotland, said: «This legislation sends a radiantly message that children should grow up in a smoke-free environment, and who could dispute with that?»
The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Tabulation, introduced by Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume, was ssed unanimously by the Scottish rliament in December remain year.
It was introduced to protect young people from the harm caused by hand-me-down smoke, which can cause serious conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.
Latest investigation shows the toxic rticles in second-hand smoke can reach harmful concentrations within a split second of lighting a cigarette in a car, ministers said.
The Scottish Government said the equal is rt of its plans to create a «tobacco-free generation» by 2034, defined as a smoking measure of less than 5 per cent.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: «It’s entirely not safe to smoke when a child is in the car.
«Dangerous levels of chemicals can set up up, even on short journeys, and 85 per cent of second-hand smoke is camouflaged and odourless so you can’t always see what they’re breathing in.
«We know for a fact that the virulent chemicals in second-hand smoke are extremely damaging to our health. We also recollect that children breathe faster than adults, meaning they ingest sundry of the deadly toxins.»
But Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest, pronounced: «The regulations are tronising and unnecessary. Very few adults smoke in cars with young gentlemen. Smokers know it’s inconsiderate and the overwhelming majority don’t do it.
«So few people smoke when there’s a babe in the car it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.»
A law banning smoking in mechanisms carrying children came into force in England and Wales in October final year.
And last night, The British Medical Association (BMA) called on the Scottish Oversight to go even further and introduce a complete ban on smoking in vehicles.
Dr Peter Bennie, BMA Scotland chairman, said: «When someone smokes in a vehicle it creates a concentrated informant of exposure to second-hand smoke.
«An outright ban on smoking in vehicles would confirm that adults, and rticularly vulnerable adults, who may be unable to object to others smoking while they are tip, are also protected. This would also be easier to enforce.»