What you need to know about smoking in the car
We told you a while back that smoking in cars with under-18s is going to be illegal from 1 October 2015.
We thought you could do with a reminder though, and the government has just released some more information about it. Do yourself a favour: learn the rules.
Why the ban?
Secondhand smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals. Young people or children breathing those chemicals in are more at risk of awful diseases like meningitus, cancer, bronchitus and pneumonia - all of which can kill.
A car is a pretty confined space and even with a window open, smoke is still breathed by your passengers.
What it means for you
You may not smoke but it's likely people you know do. You might also think "I never have children (UGH) in my car" but it may not have crossed your mind that you or some of your mates could still legally count as children.
1. Anyone under 18 is classed as a child
Yup, even your 17 year old friend who's smoked 40 a day since they were 12. Sorry, it's the law.
2. The driver and the smoker can be fined
Yep, even if you're not the one smoking. If anyone smokes with someone under 18 in the car, they AND the driver get a £50 fine.
3. 17 year olds on their own are OK
It's still illegal to smoke in public if you're under 18 but if you're driving alone, you're not going to get busted for smoking under the new legislation.
4. Convertibles are OK
It's not my job to tell you not to smoke, so here it is: smoking in a convertible is OK. (Sunroof open and windows down doesn't count.)