Govt to ban smoking in cars carrying children
The government has announced it will ban smoking in cars carrying children under 18 years of age.
Vaping will also be included in the ban and will apply to moving and parked vehicles.
Under the new rules, police will be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to anti-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50.
Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said too many children, especially Māori and Pasifika, were exposed to second-hand smoke in vehicles.
She said children were especially vulnerable to second-hand smoke because of their smaller lungs, higher respiratory rates and immature immune systems.
The focus of the change was not to issue infringement notices, but to change social norms and promote education about smoking, Ms Salesa said.