Smoking in cars with children - what you need to know

We've answered your questions about the ban on smoking in cars in children across England and Wales.

If I smoke in a car with children, will I be fined?

Both the smoker and the driver could be fined £50.

Where does the law apply? Who does it apply to?

The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those driving with a provisional driving license.

I'm 17 - could I be fined for smoking alone in my car?

While at 17 a driver is still legally a 'child', the law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is alone in the car. However, the law does apply if there is someone else aged under-18 in the car.

What if I have a window or door open?

The law includes any private vehicle that is enclosed even partially by a roof, even if the windows or sunroof are open, the air conditioning on, or if the smoker sits in the open doorway of the vehicle.

I drive a convertible car, can I be fined if the roof is down?

The law does not apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.

What about e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are not covered by the new law.

How can I get support for stopping smoking?

Giving up smoking is never easy, but it’s the most important thing you can do to look after your health. Learn the facts about smoking, how to quit, and how to deal with withdrawal symptoms.