Smoking to be banned in cars with children in them

The Government has announced that they will introduce legislation that will ban smoking in cars that have children under 18 in them.

NZ Herald:  Smoking to be banned in cars when children under 18 are present, Govt announces

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.

Vaping will also be included in the prohibition and it will apply to all vehicles both parked and on the move.

“Public education and social marketing campaigns over many years have had some impact, but the rate of reduction in children exposed to smoking in vehicles is slowing. It is now time to do more by legislating,” Salesa said.

She expected the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 to be changed by the end of this year.

Once changed, police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present.

They will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50.

It’s sad that a law for this is seen as necessary.

Will it be an effective deterrent? It’s still common to see people using cellphones while driving since that was made illegal.


  1. Gezza

     /  February 11, 2019

    Will it be an effective deterrent? It’s still common to see people using cellphones while driving since that was made illegal.

    I don’t think it will be much of a deterrent for those who do it now. They’ll likely be many of the same ones who still don’t buckle their kids up in their cars.

    I feel sorry for the police having to have yet another obligation to stop people & warn or fine them for being shit parents or caregivers & generally add more situations to those they already have where people can claim they are being racist or picking on particular groups.

    Re cellphone use while driving, it’s been quite effective around here where I live. Pretty rare nowadays to see someone talking on their mobile while driving, or even while stopped a pedestrian crossings. It used to be ubiqitous.

    • NOEL

       /  February 11, 2019

      Includes vaping but not cannibis?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 11, 2019

        I feel sorry for the police having this landed on them, as if they hadn’t enough to do. It’ll be their word against the smokers.

        I still see a reasonable number of cellphone using drivers.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  February 11, 2019

    Another attack on individual personal freedom … and the sanctity of parenthood …

    • Finbaar Rustle

       /  February 11, 2019

      The weakest satire I have read for some time Blaze. Lol.
      Trying to lure an anti PC person into your hinaki ?
      No one is that dim witted. Lol.

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 11, 2019

        Oh … So there’s a place for the State after all … besides protecting private property?

  3. Blazer

     /  February 11, 2019

    what about a …’soft top’?

    • PDB

       /  February 11, 2019

      Maybe see your doctor about it if it’s affecting you Blazer?

      • Blazer

         /  February 11, 2019

        its not the same afflication you have Pants….soft ‘top’…as in convertible…not soft…’c…’!😜

  4. I grew up around tobacco smoking.. it totally put me off Tobacco !

    BUT methinks that this whole ‘Smoke-free 2025’ could just create ANOTHER Black-market.. already huge shipment of ‘illegal ciggies’ being seized (most from China ?), in light of the ongoing price increases.

    of course; there are also comments, that this is just part of another agenda, intended to stymie other law reform (Reeferendum 2020) ??? :/

    • btw: I support reducing smoking.. BUT prohibition, does NOT work. When are they going to stop this; narrow-minded nonsense ?

      EDUCATION & regulation are the better options !!
      Followed by Personal Responsibility…. 🙂

      Just look to the ‘ban on cell-phones in cars’ how is that working ? (NOT)

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 11, 2019

        I grew up with a smoker, and became one.

        I think that this law will be ignored, even by the police who have more important things to do. It won’t stop people smoking in their houses, and people spend much more time there than they do in a car,

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  February 11, 2019

    Interesting take from Graeme Edgeler – just another petty encroachment of the police state on minorities. And probably hard to argue his point:

    • High Flying Duck

       /  February 11, 2019

      And for those who think he’s over-reacting, this is an eye opener:–why-taika-waititi-really-does-have-a-point.html

      It ends:

      “But I couldn’t stop thinking about what I saw on that short car ride in Hamilton that Friday night. The arrogance and latent aggression of the police officer was bad but even more disturbing to me was the acceptance of such blatant harassment by two young people who had every right to go about their lives unmolested and unbowed.

      Of course, I will insist I’m not personally racist, nor are my friends, but I can’t disagree with Taika that as long as people like Isaac and Ruby are treated like that and are conditioned by society to accept it as normal, then New Zealand is indeed “racist as f***”.”

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 11, 2019

        One case is too small a sample to prove anything. I don’t see this happening and I live there. I have often driven with Maori people and have never yet had a cop do this or do anything but drive past. The people I see being stopped are proportionately Maori/Pakeha.

        $20 for a short drive like that ! What a ripoff.