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WIN your shopping and help protect children

Don't miss out on the chance of winning a £10 shopping voucher, just by putting a sticker in your car showing support for new rules on smoking in cars carrying children.

"Help kids thrive, don't smoke and drive" is the message on the window vinyls which 7,000 children have so far taken home to their parents.

From Monday, April 3, people displaying the sticker could win a £10 shopping voucher if their car is spotted by eagle-eyed council staff.

The initiative by Boston Borough Council's environmental health department, will run until the end of March next year, aiming to encourage car drivers to stub out smoking when there are children under 18 in the vehicle.

Boston's community police inspector Andy Morrice, said: "Smoking in cars with children has been illegal since late 2015, but some drivers don't appear to have got the message.

"The danger of second-hand smoking is well known, especially in the confined space of a car. Children are particularly vulnerable because their lungs are smaller.

"This initiative seeks to reward drivers who help get the message out there, and I hope we'll soon be spotting the stickers in cars all over the borough."

Schools taking part in the scheme will be entered into a monthly draw for a £50 book token.

The campaign has been funded through a public health grant.

Weekly and monthly winners, will be published on the council's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and in the Boston Target.

If your nursery or primary school has not already expressed interest in the campaign please email env.serv@boston.gov.uk and let them know how many window stickers you require.

The window stickers are also available from Boston Borough Council's offices at Municipal Buildings in West Street. The Boston Target is also backing the campaign and you can also pick up a window sticker from their offices in Wide Bargate.

The fixed penalty fine for smoking in a car carrying under 18s is £50 for the driver and, if the driver is not the smoker, £50 for the smoker also. If the offence goes to court the fine could increase to a maximum of £200.

If you want help to quit smoking contact Quit 51, a free stop-smoking service. Call 0800 622 6968, text to 66777 or get in touch by email at contact.quit51@nhs.net

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Hey grown-ups, don't smoke when there are kids in the car. Helping hammer home the message with their car window stickers are children from Mrs Millane's Year 3 class at Hawthorn Tree Primary School with PCSO David Russell

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Get your car window sticker - there will be a £10 shopping voucher to be won every week for a year