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Isle of Man car smoking ban comes into force

A new law banning Isle of Man drivers from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children has come into force.

The move follows similar bans in England and Wales and aims to protect under-16s from second-hand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker, would typically be fined £50, although this could rise to £5,000, the Manx government said.

The regulations - brought under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2006 - were formally backed by Tynwald in February.

The law applies even if doors, windows and sun-roofs are open and prohibits the smoking of all cigarettes, cigars and pipes, but it does not include electronic cigarettes or vaporisers.

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