Cigarette smoking, active or passive, is highly injurious to health and can be considered as a root cause to trigger a number of health problems, including respiratory diseases that executes a number of lives every year, all over the world.
As an attempt to minimize the consequences of lethal puffs, especially on children, authorities have outlined a law insisting to forbid smoking in cars loaded with child passengers.
Authorities have notified to introduce an education campaign of around six months before imposing the ban. While applauding the recent initiative to combat tobacco-related diseases, the Australian Medical Association, as well as the Cancer Council, expressed confidence that the ban will play significant role in preventing young generation, aged 16 or less, from the negative effects of smoking.
"Passive smoking is just as important and threatening to health as active smoking and for people under 16 they shouldn't be in enclosed spaces with people who are smoking", added the President of AMA, Iain Dunlop.
Simultaneously, the Chief Executive Officer of the Heart Foundation, Tony Stubbs warned that second hand smoking has almost identical impacts as that of active smoking, around 80 to 90%, and marked passive smoking as leading cause of heart disease among others.
In addition, Tony Stubbs said that smoking contributes enough to increase the number of heart diseases as well as some cancers. Particularly in Australia, unhealthy habit executes more than 15,000 natives annually.
Sources have confirmed that the Smoking in Cars with Children (Prohibition) Act 2011 will be in action from next year. Yesterday, in a statement the Health Minister and Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher tagged the recent laws as part of her campaign aiming to prevent children from harmful impacts of cigarette smoke. She notified that children are most susceptible.