HEALTH campaigners have welcomed plans to protect youngsters from tobacco smoke in cars.
The Government will hold a six-week consultation for ministers to debate whether to press ahead with a law in England against smoking in cars that have children in by next year.
North East anti-smoking group Fresh says the habit affects 84,000 children in the region, who are exposed to second-hand smoke in the home or car.
Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Legislation protecting children from having to breathe in second-hand smoke in cars would be incredibly popular, and we support it. Children hate adults smoking around them, but do not always have a voice – it is vital they deserve the protection of the law.”