Motorists urged not to light up
ANTI-SMOKING campaigners are urging people not to light up on long journeys for the bank holiday getaway.
Smokefree South West is keen to highlight the risks of passive smoke exposure during the public holiday, particularly to children who might be travelling in cars with smokers.
Fiona Andrews, director of Smokefree South West, warned that simply opening the car window is not enough to protect children from secondhand smoke.
She said: "Cars are really like big metal boxes on wheels, with limited air in them. Smoking just one cigarette, even with the window open, exposes occupants to a greater concentration of secondhand smoke than the dose people used to get in the old days when spending a whole evening in a smoky pub or bar."
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More than 80 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible, and contains up to 4,000 chemicals including harmful cancer-causing toxins and poisons, the campaign group said.