It is now a criminal offense to smoke in a car carrying children

100 people die each week in Ireland from smoking-related conditions

New laws making it a criminal offence to smoke in any car carrying children came into effect at midnight.

If caught offenders will face a fixed fine of €100.

Meanwhile, Action on Smoking in Health Ireland says 100 people die each week in Ireland as a result of smoking.

The group, which aims to reduce the impact of tobacco on Irish society, is urging smokers to visit the quit.ie website and make a plan to give up smoking.

Chairperson of ASH Ireland Dr Ross Morgan, says initial research seems to indicate that e-cigarettes are marginally healthier than tobacco, but shouldn't be seen as a long term alternative: