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France now prohibits smoking in the car when accompanied by a child under 12

France now prohibits smoking in the car when accompanied by a child under 12

13/11/2014

According to the minister for social affairs, health and women’s rights, the concentration of particles in the back seat area of the car, the safest for the child seat, is 10 times higher than in the smoking driver’s seat and is 3 times higher than that permitted by WHO (World Health Organization)
As well as it’s negative effect of children’s health, Smoking in the car has other negative aspects which can influence safety and which have been looked at for several years by the Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) Lighting or putting out a cigarette, using the ashtray, smoke in the eyes …. Are risk factors, which double the probability of an accident.  In this regard according to the DGT, British insurance companies consider les than 5% of accidents can be attributed to smoking in the car.
Given that traffic accidents are the primary external cause of infant deaths in our country, every precaution is too little when it comes to avoiding them. The final goal must be to reduce the number of child deaths or serious injuries as a consequence of road accidents to zero. 
What can we as parents do to achieve this?
First of all, when travelling with children, be sure that they a properly fastened in to their seats using a child restraining system suited to their age, weight and height: child seats approved up to 135cms in height, after which only if properly adjusted they use a seatbelt. (If this cannot be adjusted correctly then they must use a booster seat).
Once on the move, drive observing the traffic regulations and avoiding distractions such as tobacco, cell phones that can put us at risk by reducing concentration and reaction time.
Sources:
New French legislation: http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2014/09/25/actualidad/1411671531_317909.html
DGT, Tobacco and accidents: http://www.dgt.es/revista/archivo/pdf/num161-2003-Tabaco.pdf

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