Doctors want smoking ban extended to cars

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Medical leaders want to extend the smoking ban to cars after research found "compelling" evidence to support the move.

The British Medical Association says smoking inside a vehicle exposes drivers and passengers to 23 times more toxins than a smoky bar.

Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable to the deadly affects of second-hand smoke in a restrictive environment.

Doctors say governments must be "bold" as smoking causes 80,000 deaths in England and six million worldwide every year.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, from the BMA, said: "The current UK Government prefers voluntary measures or 'nudging' to bring about public health change but this stance has been shown to fail time and time again."