Cancer society pleased government to pass legislation to protect children in cars from second-hand smoke



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon
Division is pleased by the B.C. government's announcement in yesterday's
Throne Speech that it will bring forward legislation to ban smoking in
vehicles carrying children.
    In light of tough new tobacco regulations introduced in January by the
Alberta government, the Society urged policymakers to strengthen B.C.'s
Tobacco Control Act and included a call for legislation to support a child's
right to health and clean air.
    The Society says the B.C. government's response is a sign that
demonstrates its commitment to reducing tobacco consumption and protecting the
health of all British Columbians.
    "We congratulate the B.C. government for taking an important step to look
after the health of children in our province and ensure that smokers butt out
when they buckle up in cars with kids," said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO for the
Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division.
    The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that as many as one in five
children are exposed to second-hand smoke while riding in passenger vehicles.
Second-hand smoke is linked to the death of 140 British Columbians each year.
    A recent national Environics Research Group poll conducted for the
Canadian Cancer Society found that the majority of British Columbians
(85 per cent) say they support a ban on smoking in vehicles with children
younger than 18 years of age.
    Tobacco remains the largest single preventable cause of death and
disease, killing more than 6,000 British Columbians each year. Cigarette
smoking causes about 30 per cent of cancers in Canada and more than
85 per cent of lung cancers.





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For further information: Media contact: Marcelo Dominguez, Manager,
Media Relations, Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, T: (604)
675-7340, C: (778) 999-2592, E: mdominguez@bc.cancer.ca

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