BULWELL Labour MP Graham Allen has backed a national campaign to encourage parents to stub out the habit of smoking in cars when their children are buckled up.
Mr Allen is supporting the British Lung Foundation (BLF) scheme and is urging residents of the Dispatch district to do the same.
He wants locals to sign a pledge to keep their cars smoke-free.
The initiative has been launched after a survey revealed that less than half of adults in the Midlands believe that smoking in their cars when children are on board is a major child-protection issue.
The findings are even more worrying when combined with news that just one cigarette in a car, even with the window open, creates a greater concentration of second-hand smoke than a whole evening’s smoking in a pub.
Mr Allen said: “A lot of my work has focused on trying to ensure the children of Bulwell, and around the country, have the best start in life and for me, supporting the BLF’s pledge to keep cars smoke-free is an extension of this work.”
Sign the BLF pledge by logging on at www.lunguk.org/pledge.