Canadian Cancer Society applauds ban on smoking in cars with kids



    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society congratulates the
Ontario government for protecting children's health by committing to introduce
legislation banning smoking in cars where children are present.
    "Children don't have a choice when it comes to being exposed to
secondhand smoke while travelling by car," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society.
    "And the risk to their health is serious because children breathe more
air relative to their body weight", he adds. "That's why Canadian Cancer
Society volunteers and staff have been advocating for this legislation."
    It's been determined that on average children under 10 spend about
50 minutes a day in vehicles. There is no known safe level of exposure to
second-hand smoke.
    "We encourage parents not to wait for the legislation to be implemented
to protect their children," says Goodhand. "When you buckle up, butt out!"
    One of the most effective ways to eliminate children's exposure to
second-hand smoke is to help parents and caregivers who smoke by providing
support to help them quit.

    
    -   The Canadian Cancer Society encourages parents and caregivers who
        smoke to call Smokers' Helpline at 1 877 513-5333.

    -   The Canadian Cancer Society's Smokers' Helpline is a free,
        confidential, service that provides personalized support, advice and
        information about quitting smoking.

    BACKGROUNDER

    -   Second-hand smoke (SHS) is related to respiratory health, Sudden
        Infant Death Syndrome and forms of cancer.

    -   Those exposed to SHS long-term are more likely to develop and die
        from heart problems, breathing problems and lung cancer.

    -   The level of SHS in vehicles can be far higher than those found in
        smoky bars.

    According to an Ipsos Reid poll release in December 2007:

    -   80% of Ontarians support legislation banning smoking in vehicles with
        children under age 16

    -   66% of smokers in Ontario support this type of legislation.
    

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.





For further information:

For further information: Camille Beaubien, Canadian Cancer Society,
Ontario Division: (416) 488-5402, ext. 2021


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