Speaking during the long-awaited passing of my Bill in the Seanad

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Report and Final Stages of my Bill – Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012 ….. ] I thank An tAire and his staff for the effort that has gone into getting these Report Stage amendments which my co-sponsors, Senators van Turnhout and Daly, and I accept. We … Continue reading

Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012

child car smoke

I welcome the Minister to the House. I extend my gratitude to my colleagues across the House for their support in allowing this Bill get to this Stage today. I thank also my fellow Senators Jillian van Turnhout and Mark Daly who joined me in advancing this Bill and were extremely important in getting it … Continue reading

Proposing legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are present

The Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012 is a simple amendment to the existing smoking legislation which would extend the current prohibition on smoking in the workplace to smoking in any mechanically-propelled vehicle in which children under the age of 18 are travelling. With the benefit of ten years of analysis we … Continue reading

Picture a car filled with second-hand smoke and child in the seat

smoking in cars cartoon

I am a former smoker. I was addicted to tobacco products. I often reached for the cigarette first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. I smoked when I was a medical student, when I was a young doctor, and even when I was training to be a cancer specialist. I wasn’t alone … Continue reading

Picture a car filled with second-hand smoke and child in the seat

Ex-smoker John Crown explains why he wants to ban smokers from lighting up inside cars with children present. I AM a former smoker. I was addicted to tobacco products. I often reached for the cigarette first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. I smoked when I was a medical student, when I … Continue reading

We need to take a legislative stand on behalf of the voiceless

children smoking

THE reasons for banning smoking in cars when children are present can be neatly summarised as follows. Secondhand and side-stream smoke is dangerous, and particularly dangerous for children; Smoking in cars produces uniquely high environmental concentrations of dangerous chemicals; Some people who know these facts continue to smoke in cars with children. For these reasons, … Continue reading

Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill

I may be out of order and, if I am, I ask the Acting Chairman to indulge a freshman Senator ill-informed with the standard operating procedures. I take this opportunity to raise with the Minister of State a matter with respect to the Bill which through my own inattention I should have raised at an … Continue reading