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SA drivers to face smoking fines

Reporter: Amanda Morgan

In a first for Australia, drivers in South Australia caught smoking with children in the car will
be issued with on the spot fines.


TONY JONES: South Australia will ban smoking in cars carrying children and the State's Labour
Government says those who flout the law will face on the spot fines. Amanda Morgan reports.

AMANDA MORGAN: Lighting up on the road could soon prove costly for South Australian drivers. They
face on the spot fines of up to $200 if they smoke when a child under 16 is in the car. It's tough
legislation aimed at protecting young people from other people's bad habits.

GAIL GAGO: Children as we know often spend a lot of time in vehicles and they have very little
control over alternate transport. Smoking is legal and what we're saying is that we want to remove
the risks to those that have no other choice and can't make decisions, alternate decisions.

AMANDA MORGAN: The ban would be enforced by police. The South Australian Government says it's a
first for the country. It isn't supported by the State Opposition which calls the move a token
gesture. But it's one praised from anti smoking groups.

DAVID EDWARDS: It's a really poisonous cocktail that young people would be exposed to otherwise if
they were sharing the air space in a car. We know it's up to 20 times more concentrated than in a
home. In fact, for an hour of travelling in a smoky car it's the equivalent of smoking three

AMANDA MORGAN: Tobacco company British American has released a statement saying: "It is not
appropriate to smoke around children and would support measures to curb this practice", and it
adds, "Adult Australians should continue to enjoy the right to choose to consume tobacco in private
places." The company says the issue is best addressed through education rather than legislation.
Anti-smoking groups say there's a strong case for other States to follow South Australia's lead.

DAVID EDWARDS: If young people are exposed to second hand smoke they're more likely to have inner
ear infections, asthma, in fact it's a long list of problems they will develop if they're exposed
to this cocktail of tobacco smoke.

AMANDA MORGAN: The legislation is expected to be debated in the South Australian Parliament this

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