On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly (375 to 106) to prohibit smoking in cars with children present with MPs from all parties voting to support the Labour-backed amendment. Jackie Doyle-Price was one of only 106 MPs to refuse to support the amendment.
300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital. Second hand smoke has been linked with chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children.
Polly Billington said: “I’m absolutely disgusted by Jackie Doyle-Price’s decision to support the continuation of smoking in cars with children.
“Thurrock has got a real problem with smoking rates – it’s one of the biggest public health risks that the borough faces. And the health risks to children from second-hand smoke are incredibly high, particularly smoking in an enclosed place like a car.
“Jackie Doyle-Price needs to explain why it is, that she thinks that putting children at risk this is acceptable.”