England has banned smoking in cars where children are present, a law that will come into force from October, with offenders facing a fine of £50. The law states that it will be an offence to smoke in a private vehicle with someone under age 18 present, and to fail to prevent smoking under the same circumstances. “Three million children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars, putting their health at risk,” the Public Health Minister Jane Ellis said. The British Lung Foundation said more than 80% of second-hand smoke contains cancer-causing toxins, which are more concentrated in the confines of a car. Children are more susceptible to the harmful effects because their lungs are smaller, they breathe faster and have less developed immune systems. The British Heart Foundation welcome the regulation as well as future plans to discourage young smokers. “By ridding cigarette products of their distinctive designs, we’ll reduce the appeal of this uniquely lethal product damaging the heart of future generations,” said chief executive Simon Gillespie.