3000€ fine: Germany wants to ban smoking in cars when minors are present
Smoking is becoming less and less popular among young people and that's a good thing. However, inhaling cigarette smoke passively also has a negative impact on the human body. About 170,000 children die every year from environmental tobacco smoke.
The German cancer society estimates that about one million minors are exposed to cigarette smoke in cars in Germany alone. The concentration of toxic fumes in cars is about five times higher than in other public spaces such as bars (in countries where it's still allowed to smoke there). Among other diseases, this increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome. The German government wants to introduce a 500-3000€ fine for this careless behavior. Not only infants and children will be protected by this new law but also pregnant women.
The bill will now be discussed in parliament. Other European countries, such as Great Britain, Italy, and France already have similar regulations in place.