Canadian Cancer Society supports proposed legislation protecting children from second-hand smoke in vehicles



    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society supports legislation
to help protect children in Ontario from exposure to second-hand smoke.
    "Second-hand smoke is harmful to health, particularly for children," says
Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario Division, Canadian Cancer Society. "If passed,
this legislation will protect the health of children in this province and
perhaps encourage parents and caregivers to improve their own health by
quitting."
    If passed, the private member's bill introduced today by MPP David
Orazietti would amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to prohibit smoking in
vehicles when a person who is less than 16 years of age is present in the
vehicle.
    Second-hand smoke is related to respiratory health, sudden infant death
syndrome, childhood leukemia, lymphomas and brain tumours.
    Those exposed to second-hand smoke for a long period are more likely to
develop and die from heart disease, breathing problems and lung cancer.
    "We encourage parents and caregivers not to wait for this bill to pass to
protect their children," Goodhand said. "When you buckle up, butt out."
    One of the most effective ways to eliminate children's exposure to
second-hand smoke is to provide support to parents and caregivers who smoke
and help them quit.
    The Society encourages parents and caregivers who smoke to call Smokers'
Helpline at 1 877 513-5333. The Society's Smokers' Helpline is a free,
confidential telephone service that provides callers easy access to a trained
quit specialist. Online support can also be accessed anytime at
www.smokershelpline.ca.

    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: Christine Koserski, Canadian Cancer Society,
Ontario Division: (416) 488-5402 (press 1) ext 2305

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