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Last Updated: Tuesday March 08 2011 12:30 GMT

Should smoking in cars be banned?

One of the children who went to Downing Street to hand in the petition

YOUR views on smoking in cars

Mums and dads who smoke when they're in the car with you are coming under pressure to stop.

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition asking the government to make it illegal for people to smoke when there are kids in the car, but what do you think?

Have you ever been stuck in a car with someone who's smoking? What was it like? Did it bother you or did you just open a window?

Do your mum or dad smoke? Maybe you've persuaded someone in your family to give up. Did it work?

Comments are closed now but you can read what NR viewers think below.

Your comments

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it builds up tar in your lungs, affecting your breathing. I don't have anyone in my family who smokes, but I know that it stinks and sometimes can make you choke even when you walk by someone smoking, never mind sitting in a small space with smoke around you."

Ellie, 12, Wirral, England

"Yes it should because it can cause an accident or affect children and clog their lungs. I am not allowed to go near smoke and my parents don't smoke near me or in the car."

Zoe, 11, London, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because passengers don't choose to smoke but have to breathe in the smoky air which is bad for their lungs."

Spike, 11, Liverpool, England

"I totally agree with these kids. It's just not fair that you could be in a car with a smoker endangering your life. And it takes their mind off your driving and could cause an accident!"

Hannah, 13, Worcestershire, England

"I think smoking should be banned in cars because it stinks and ruins the car journey. It also affects the non-smokers in the car through no fault of their own."

Matt, 12, Devon, England

"I think smoking in cars when children are passengers is a form of child cruelty and should be banned."

Harry, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I think they should ban smoking as it can make you and other people ill. I think children hate to see their parents smoking in front of them."

Amy, 12, Sheffield, England

"I think that they should ban smoking in cars because you can easily get distracted and people who are in the car and aren't smoking might get ill."

Sumayya, 13, London, England

"Adults are being selfish when they smoke in cars because they don't think about the children's health. The law should be changed."

Meghan, 13, London, England

"Well, I think it should be banned because of the harm it is doing to children of my age."

Hannah, 10, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

"I think it should because it can harm the way children develop. I personally think it should be banned."

Paige, 11, Devon, England

"It should only be banned if there are kids in the car, if not then people can smoke if they want to smoke."

Anthony, 11, Dublin, Ireland

"It is the smoker's choice whether they smoke or not, but they shouldn't do it around other people."

Phoebe, 12, Singapore

"Yes!"

Fatema, 14, London, England

"Smoking is a disgusting habit and in cars it is just vile! Firstly, it distracts the driver from the road and secondly, smoking can kill and frankly makes you smell of the foul odour that is smoke! But it is the adult's decision whether to smoke or not so frankly they are bringing the plagues of bad habits and ill health on themselves!"

Rheanna, 10, Manchester, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it could damage people's health and they could choke on it. Also with foreign tourists sightseeing, it gives a bad impression of the UK."

Anjali, 11, Leicester, England

"Yes, because it can cause crashes."

Tina, 10, Sussex, England

"Yes because my mum smokes in the car and I hate it. If it was banned people would have less cigarettes."

Isobel, 10, Buckinghamshire, England

"I agree with past comments but also, where are you going to put the cigarette once you have smoked it? Out the window? NO!"

Aimee, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think smoking should be banned from CARS ONLY. I feel that people should be able to smoke elsewhere."

Joey, 13, London, England

"YES 100 PER CENT!"

Jacob, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I think that smoking in cars should be banned because it distracts drivers and if they drop the cigarette, it might catch fire.

Eilis, 10, Dublin, Ireland

"Smoking in cars should be banned because it's bad for our health, it makes me have a bad cough. BAN IT!"

Isabella, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it would set a bad example to the children."

Gregor, 11, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"Smoking by the driver of a car is as dangerous as being on a mobile phone when driving."

Ethan, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"My mum does this and I hate it."

Conor, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"Smoking should be completely banned even in the streets, because it's bad for the person and for bad for others."

Michael, 8, Essex, England

"Yes smoking should be banned in cars."

Brooke, 6, London, England

"I think smoking in cars should come to an end because too many drivers are not concentrating on the road because they are too busy smoking. It can also affect kids or other people in the car."

Hannah, 11, Falkirk, Scotland

"I think it should be banned because it can affect the person who's driving and other people in the car. The thought of someone dying from smoking is just horrible!!"

Millie, 10, Herefordshire, England

"Smoking damages your lungs so why would you?! Also it sets a bad example to others and can ruin their life too."

Keval, 11, London, England

"Smoking in cars is so evil, it should be against the law."

Gabe, 10, London, England

"I think smoking should be banned everywhere, it just causes the people who smoke the cigarettes and the people around them to die. It definitely should be banned in cars!"

Lucy, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I don't think it should be banned because it's not against the law and it is up to the person who is smoking."

Amy, 9, UK

"Small children often copy what their parents do so it's a really bad idea if you want to set a good example for your kids. And it's unhealthy."

Heather, 11, Essex, England

"I think it's bad for parents to smoke in a car."

Nathan, 12, Scotland

"I think it is the car owner's choice if they or whoever may smoke in their car. It may be bad for your health but it's becoming over the top, smoking should be fine anywhere!"

Tom, 14, Shropshire, England

"I think that it's the adults choice. They know the risk of other people breathing in the smoke. We can't ban smoking everywhere. I have a member of my family who smokes and it hasn't affected me and I feel it is their choice whether they should be allowed to or not. We should be concentrating on other matters such as under-age smoking and drinking and we should just be grateful to them for what they are doing that for us."

Flora, 14, Norfolk, England

"I think you should be allowed to smoke in cars because you shouldn't get in a car with someone who smokes, if you don't like it. Or, you could just ask them if they wouldn't mind not smoking?"

Jenny, 12, Barnsley, England

"I tried to make my mum give up smoking, but it hasn't worked. I now refuse to go in the same car as her, so either get the bus or ask my dad. I hate smoking so much, it should definitely be banned!"

Jordan, 13, London, England

"I know a couple of people whose relations smoke and the smell is awful, it kills, and makes you look horrible."

Emily, 12, Berkshire, England

"Yes! I wouldn't let them smoke near me."

Sophie, 10, Manchester, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because when my window is open and there's a man smoking in the car next to me, I'll get smoke in my face!"

Joseph, 9, Kent, England

"It's up to the parents whether they smoke in the car or not. It's bad for the kids and parents should put kids before cigarettes."

Becca, 13, Carlisle, England

"I think people should be banned from smoking in cars because it kills us!"

Guney, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"No, people who smoke in their cars should be allowed to because they are in their own personal space."

Amy, 12, Bradford, England

"Yes, because more crashes happen as people aren't concentrating on driving!"

Amelia, 11, Sussex, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because children or people in the car could get seriously ill when it is not even their fault!"

Catherine, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I think smoking should be banned from everywhere. It is totally disgusting, if smokers knew what went in to them they wouldn't smoke."

Angharad, 12, Plymouth, England

"I think that smoking in cars is very dangerous because if you have children in the back, they are going to breath it in and that's bad."

Haylie, 14, London, England

"I think it should be banned, because it sets bad examples and it can damage kids' health!"

Elsie, 12, Shropshire, England

"Smoking in cars should be banned, because other people in the car could get asthma from passive smoking."

Abbi, 13, Wales

"I totally agree with these kids. It's just not fair that you could be in a car with a smoker endangering your life. It takes your mind off your driving and could cause an accident!"

Hannah, 13, Worcestershire, England

"I think that smoking in cars should be banned because if there's a child sat in the back, with their window down, then ash could seriously hurt the child."

Casey, 9, Leeds, England

"Yes, it should be banned! Most people are easily distracted due to smoking. When I'm in the car, most of the time I feel I can't breath due to the smoke. Passive smoking is an issue too."

Bethany, 12, Cheshire, England

"I truly think it should be stopped. Smoking anywhere is abominable, and very damaging for the smoker or people around them. Smoking in cars is even worse as it can take your mind off your driving, and it causes you to have only one hand on the wheel, a dangerous thing to do. Most children I know hate adults smoking near them, and I do too!"

Kelly, 13, Yorkshire, England

"I think it should be stopped because my mum smokes and I hate it."

Katie, 10, Somerset, England

"Smoking should be banned. People are ruining their lives but worse than that, they are endangering others."

Beth, 13, UK

"Yes it is outrageous, it should be banned. People could die from it!"

Duncan, 11, London, England

"I find it disgusting, it stinks and it makes you stink, smoking should be banned!"

Jack, 14, Plymouth, England

"Ban it! It's not very good for your health and it could kill you."

Sasha and Skye, 11, Cheshire, England

"It should be banned because it harms children sat in the car as much as it harms the person smoking it."

Harleigh, 13, Devon, England

"I think it should! I hate it when my mum smokes and I have asthma, so it's twice as bad!"

Alex, 10, London, England

"No! I don't think you should smoke in cars, because you can get lung and heart disease and the tar in the cigarettes could damage your breathing and your lungs!"

Carli, 11, Bournemouth, England

"I think it should be banned. It allows children to breathe it in. It also isn't very nice for people in other cars."

Liz, 12, Belgium

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it can give you lung cancer. Also, when children see adults smoke, they might want to smoke when they grow up. It's very disgusting!"

Sam and Luke, 8, Australia

"They shouldn't smoke because it can kill children or make them sick. You might crash and you encourage children to smoke at the same time."

Class 2 Rapaura School, 6-8, England

"I think that they should ban people from smoking in a car."

Ali, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"Yes! Especially if there is a child in the car. Even if there isn't, an accident can happen and you are putting yourself in great danger."

Chloe, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"Smoking should be banned in cars. It's bad for the smokers lungs and is sometimes bad for the passenger too!"

Connor, 11, Birmingham, England

"I've never been in a car with someone smoking, but my best friend felt really ill when he was in a car with his relatives smoking in it."

Eddie, 12, Winchester, England

"I'm embarrassed asking people to stop smoking in cars!"

Ismail, 11, London, England

"I think it should be banned, although I don't have any relatives who smoke!"

Xanthe, 10, Yorkshire, England

"Yes, I do think that smoking in cars should be banned. My parents don't smoke, but I know that smoking is very bad for you. Children's bodies probably can't cope with smoke in their lungs, especially babies. So therefore it should be banned in cars, as cars are very stuffy and small, and it might be hard for young children to breathe."

Masie, 11, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think you shouldn't be allowed to smoke in cars because it's bad for you and it absolutely stinks!"

Kiera, 8, Yorkshire, England

"I think it should be banned, even though I've never experienced it before. It sounds horrible, and quite selfish of the parents."

Polly, 11, London, England

"I hate it when my dad smokes in the car, it could put him off driving and he could crash!"

Ellie, 10, Leeds, England

"I think that it should be made illegal, because smoking can harm your lungs and when anybody's parents do it, it isn't setting a good example!"

Jenny, 11, Kent, England

"I think we should ban parents from smoking in cars because it's dangerous to our heath!"

Georgia, 9, Midlands, England

"I think smoking in cars SHOULDN'T be allowed because it's not good for our lungs and it's an additive drug!"

Bruna, 11, Leeds, England

"I think that if you're with other passengers then yes, it should be banned. But from what I've heard, it's very difficult to quit smoking."

Benny, 13, Buckinghamshire, England

"It should be banned! If parents and adults are saying that they want us to be healthy and safe, then smoking in cars with us children in them really isn't helping!"

Genny, 12, Worcestershire, England

"Smoking near children is disgraceful and should be banned!"

Olivia, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think it should be banned as there is already enough pollution on the roads. It's bad for children's lungs, so they should ban it as a health rule."

Imaan, 10, England

"I think smoking should be banned in cars because it's bad for the people in the car. And whenever my mum or my dad smoke in the car, it makes me fell sick and gives me a headache. When I tell them this, they don't listen and always carry on. They don't know what it actually feels like when someone smokes and you don't."

Anne-Marie, 12, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I don't think it should be banned because some parents like to smoke and when someone is smoking with the window down, it gives good air for children."

Caitlin, 10, Worcestershire, England

"I think that smoking should be banned because my sister smokes all the time and her car smells."

Louis, 8, Dorset, England

"I think smoking should be banned!"

Torin, 11, Swindon, England

"We think it should be banned!"

Jarie and Amarerah, 12 & 10, Liverpool, England

"TOTALLY! It's so wrong! Even if you don't smoke, you can still get affected by inhaling the smoke. And plus, it's DISGUSTING!"

Ameena, 12, United Arab Emirates

"I think people should pay a fine if they smoke in the cars. It doesn't only affect the the smoker, it affects the other people who are there near the smoker!"

Hilma, 12, Oldham, England

"If one person smokes, it's like everyone in the car is smoking, and it affects their health too. So yes, smoking in cars should be banned!!"

Emma, 12, Rome, Italy

"Smoking in cars should be banned. Sometime when I come out of school there are people smoking outside their cars and then I have to walk through clouds of smoke!"

Samira, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"We had a class debate today about banning smoking and yes I do think smoking should be banned in cars, in fact i think it should be banned all together."

Chloe, 11, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I think adults shouldn't smoke AT ALL!! I hate the smell and it really affects you!!!"

Lucy, 9, Birmingham, England

"Yes! I think it should be banned!"

Violet, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"Adults should stop smoking in cars because they are putting themselves and everyone else in danger. The passengers might not even be their own children, which means the adults would be selfish. I feel that they should stop smoking altogether."

Amelia, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"Smoking affects every individual differently. Some people are very prone to the bad effects of smoking, and some people never so much as get a cough from it. It should be up to the driver, as it's just another distraction for the police on the roads, when they could be dealing with a serious crime."

Anto, 13, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"It should be banned, it's so bad for you and it stinks!"

Sophia, 14, London, England

"To stop the car filling up with smoke, just open the window! What is someone meant to do if they are in a traffic jam on the motorway and need a smoke. They can hardly get of the car for five minutes in the middle of the motorway. If there's anyone with a severe breathing problem in the car then yes, don't smoke in the car, but other than that it really shouldn't be a problem."

Anto, 13, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"Me and Korben say smoking in cars should be banned. We hate the smell!"

Reece and Korben, 12, West Midlands, England

"I think when the children are in the car, the driver or the passenger should just stop smoking and wait until they are where they want to be!"

Chantelle, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because people in the car could get quite ill."

Catherine, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I hate smoking, it should be banned in cars."

Reece, 12, West Midlands, England

"I think that it should be banned because small children could get seriously ill from breathing in cigarette smoke, it's called passive smoking!"

Erin, 14, Sussex, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because if the windows are not open it could get into our lungs and make them weak and also it would make the car smell horrible."

Sophie, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"Well, I think it should be banned because of the harm it's doing to children my age and many more."

Hannah, 10, UK

"I think it should be banned because it kills people, makes me cough and because I am young I need the government to help."

Alex, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it is dangerous. If the driver dropped their cigarette they would take their eyes off the road and try to pick it up. Whilst taking their eyes off the road anything could happen, including crashing and injuring not only themselves but others in the car and those in the other cars."

Emma, 14, Wrexham, Wales

"I think it should be because if you have a baby in the car it will be very bad for their LITTLE LUNGS!"

Lauren, 12, Grimsby, England

"I think smoking in cars should be banned! People shouldn't be scared to tell their parents to stop smoking. I did it!"

Rebecca, 9, Sheffield, England

"I think it should be banned!"

Chloe, 11, Wales

"I think smoking in cars should be banned because it's not good for the children."

Jake, 10, Devon, England

"People aren't allowed to use their phone, yet they can smoke in cars!"

Charlotte, 13, Manchester, England

"My dad smokes in the car with the window open, but I still smell the smoke! I'm sick of it!"

Chloe, 9, Berkshire, England

"I think it's wrong to smoke in cars!"

Beth, 10, Surrey, England

"I think they SHOULD ban it because it's bad for our lungs!"

Sophie, 9, Cornwall, England

"We think that parents shouldn't be allowed to smoke in the car because every time you breathe in smoke it takes 11 minutes of your life away. You can die from smoking. Smoking is gross and bad!"

Year 2 class, Evergreen School, Calgary, Canada

"I think smoking when there's a child with you is bad. It doesn't do their health any good. Stop smoking in cars!"

Nazifa, 11, London, England

"I don't have parents who smoke, but I think it's destructing and they smell horrid. My family have a strict policy that if you damage your self, then don't harm anyone else. But if you smoke, you damage the people around you and you're hurting the people you care about most."

Charlie, 11, Stoke, England

"I think smoking should be banned in cars because I've been in my friends car before and their dad smoked. And even though the cigarette was out the window, smoke blew in and I started to cough because so much smoke was in the car!"

Mikki, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"My parents don't smoke, but I think it could affect your lungs and make you ill or have asthma."

Darci, 10, Derbyshire, England

"Smoking should be banned in cars! Children are getting a bad habit of breathing in the smoke and that means soon they will die sooner."

Kai, 7, England

"I think smoking should be banned for good! Not just in cars!"

Shardae, 11, Staffordshire, England

"It can take your mind off driving and it's also not healthy for the person smoking or anyone else nearby!"

Irfy, 12, Leicester, England

"You can't focus on driving when you are smoking. The cigarette could also be a fire risk inside the car. Smoking pollutes and destroys your lungs and leads to a lot of diseases. 90% of our class would sign the petition."

Year 5 Class, St Laurence school, Cambridge

"I think it should be banned because if your kids are in the car they will also get lung damage!"

Hawa, 14, London, England

"I don't think parents should smoke in cars. The children will have to breath in the smoke because it's so close to them."

Emily, 9, Tyneside, England

I think that it should be banned as I have seen people smoke in cars. Their windows are open but smokers and non-smokers are still choking on the horrible fumes!! It should be BANNED, TODAY!

Wyn, 12, Devon, England

"Yeah, because it's same as using a phone, you have one hand on the wheel and take your mind off driving."

Lucy, 11, Sheffield, England

"I think they should ban smoking as it can make you and other people ill. Children hate to see their parents smoking in front of them."

Amy, 12, Sheffield, England

"I think it should be banned because children are getting breathing problems like asthma."

Maria, 10, London, England

"Yes because little babies could choke and die."

Ebony, 13, Northamptonshire, England

"I think that smoking near children should be banned because what they don't realise is that it's harming us too! It should be banned!"

Lilly Rose, 10, Bedfordshire, England

"No I don't."

Mary, 12, UK

"Yes I think they should because its bad for people and the smell is horrible."

Adam, 12, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

"I think smoking should be banned in cars when asthmatics are in the car, or babies. To be honest it doesn't effect people otherwise, but it should be banned because smoking is bad for you anyway!"

Kira, 11, Bedfordshire, England

"I think it is disgraceful, passive smoking can still give you cancer and damage your lungs at a young age, plus it's a bad influence."

Neve, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"I wish people weren't allowed to smoke in cars because it's just horrible and it hurts my eyes!"

Emily, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I think it should be. My parents smoke and I choke on it so it should be."

Thea, 13, England

"We all think smoking should be banned in cars."

Isle of Sheppey Academy pupils, 12, Kent, England

"They should ban it now."

Adam, 11, Blackburn, England

"I think it should be banned because it affects your kids in the car!

Sian-Denise, 13, Staffordshire, England

"We think that smoking should be banned in cars when babies or asthmatics are in the car but otherwise we don't think it's a problem."

Shannon and Karisma, 14, Reading, England

"They should stop smoking in cars if they don't have the window down."

Liam, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I think smoking should be banned in cars! It can distract the driver and it's really bad to smoke anyway!"

Maritsa, 10, London, England

"Yes! Finally someone is standing up!"

Bradley, 13, Surrey, England

"Smoking in cars is horrible because the smell lingers in the car even after the cigarette is put out. I don't like offending my mum by telling her to put it out though."

Klaudia, 12, Doncaster, England

"I think it should be banned as it is making children's lives shorter! Please stop it!"

Shannon, 12, Doncaster, England