VANCOUVER, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Leading health organizations today
launched BC's first ever anti-pesticide advertising campaign - a major
newspaper blitz that urges all British Columbians to support a lawn and
garden pesticide ban.
Health organizations endorsing the campaign include the Canadian Cancer
Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Lung Association,
the Public Health Association of BC and the Canadian Association of
Physicians for the Environment.
"Respected Canadian health organizations have come together in an
unprecedented campaign to prohibit toxic lawn products," said Kathryn
Seely, Director of Public Issues at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and
Yukon. "This is the first time in BC history that such an initiative
has been undertaken. Health experts are hopeful that BC can follow
Eastern Canada's suit with a province-wide pesticide ban."
The advertisements - which will run in major outlets for eight weeks -
urge British Columbians to call or e-mail Premier Christy Clark with a
simple message: "I support a lawn and garden pesticide ban!"
"Children across Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia are all protected from
these poisons, but the same can't be said of children in BC," explained
Gideon Forman of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the
Environment. "We think that's outrageous and this unique campaign is
designed to rectify it."
A province-wide pesticide ban is supported not only by health experts
but also local residents and BC municipalities. Recent polling shows
over 70% of British Columbians favour a pesticide phase-out on private
and public properties.
Scientific research shows people exposed to pesticides are at greater
risk for cancer, reproductive problems and neurological illness.
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division)
For further information:
Gina Ungaro, Marketing & Communications
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon
W: 604 675-7335
C: 604 313-8097