A new legislation which comes into force in Scotland today means it is now illegal to smoke in a car with a child present.


Anyone caught breaking the law faces a £100 on-the-spot penalty or a fine of up to £1000 in court.


According to STV, ministers have said The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, which was passed almost a year ago, will not only protect children but will also bring Scotland closer to their target of being tobacco-free in 20 years.




Sheila Duffy, chief executive of anti-smoking charity Ash Scotland, said the the move sends a clear message that children should grow up in a smoke-free environment.


"The most recent data shows that about one in six 15-year-olds are sometimes or often exposed to second-hand smoke in the car," she said.


"When we know that just one cigarette can quickly lead to harmful levels of smoke, we have to take action. This is about protecting children's health."