Smoking in cars ban – a personal thank you
Penny says thanks to everybody who took part in our campaign.
Today, the ban on smoking in cars with children in England and Wales comes into place - and it’s all down to you.
Every week 15,000 classrooms full of kids throughout England and Wales breathe in second-hand smoke while in their family car. This ban protects every single one of them, as well as countless generations to come.
It seems so long ago now since we kicked off our campaign with a petition, inviting 23 children along to Downing Street to hand in more than 50,000 signatures.
Changing the law can often feel like an endless struggle, but this has been an incredible journey. It’s taken just 5 years to persuade the government that this ban is vital to protect the health of our children. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thousands of you asked your MP to support the campaign, or signed our petition. Thank you so much.
Our Breathe Easy support groups put pressure on their local MPs and spread the word in communities up and down the country. This made a huge difference.
Health care professionals made politicians take the campaign seriously by talking about the health risks of second-hand smoke. More than 700 doctors, nurses, physios and more signed a letter just before the crucial vote.
Thank you David Harewood and Linda Robson for volunteering your voices for our powerful videos, and everyone who lent us your time and support.
Other health and child welfare organisations encouraged people to get involved – thank you ASH, Cancer Research UK, Tobacco Free Futures, the Royal College of Physicians and many more.
Thank you to the politicians from all parties, such as Alex Cunningham MP, Lord Ribeiro and Roger Williams MP, who helped us build support in parliament.
And, of course, thank you to all the MPs and peers who voted the right way on the day.
There are many more people who joined with us to win this campaign – together we can achieve so much.
Making change happen
If this law makes even 1 parent reconsider lighting up while their child is in the back seat, it’s been worth it. It's a huge win for the lung health of our children.
We've shown that together we can make change happen, against all the odds.