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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Smoke-free Private Vehicles Bill

This Bill to make provision for a ban on smoking in private vehicles where there are children present, by means of an amendment to the Health Act 2006, was introduced by Lord Ribeiro, read a first time and ordered to be printed on 25 January. If by some miracle it were passed, it would no doubt become another piece of legislation to be routinely ignored by at least a substantial minority of the population (like the legislation on using mobile phones and on smoking in vehicles which constitute workplaces). Laws which are widely flouted are not good laws, and they tend to bring the law in general into disrepute, so however worthy the aim I can't get excited about it. The capacity of the law to force social change is small, and diminishing.

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