Clean Air for Kids Campaign Scores a Win - Government of B.C. to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids



    OTTAWA, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association today praised the
B.C. government for being the second province in Canada to announce that it
will introduce legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are present.
This marks the first "win" since the Association launched its national
campaign to end smoking in cars with kids.
    "This is a great day for all of us concerned about preserving the
respiratory health of our children," said Nora Sobolov, President and CEO of
The Lung Association, "I congratulate Premier Campbell's government on taking
this decisive step and urge other provincial governments to do their part to
deal with this public health priority".
    "With this announcement, the provincial government is taking another
positive step towards making B.C. the healthiest jurisdiction to ever host the
Olympics," said Scott McDonald, Executive Director of the B.C. Lung
Association, "The public health of our children is paramount - we must move
forward on not only this issue but any issue that affects the respiratory
health of our young people".
    This announcement by the B.C. government builds on the actions taken by
the Nova Scotia government on this issue - Nova Scotia was the first province
to announce its intention to ban smoking in cars with kids.
    Research shows that children exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher
risk for many health problems.
    Children and babies who are exposed to second hand smoke on a regular
basis are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, and
ear infections. They are also more likely to develop cancer and heart disease
as adults. Second-hand smoke can make symptoms worse for kids who have asthma
or a respiratory infection. Additionally, there is growing evidence that kids
who are exposed to second-hand smoke before and after birth have more
behaviour problems, shorter attention spans, and lower marks at school than
their peers who aren't exposed to smoke.
    Children who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have:

    - Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS);
    - More coughing and wheezing;
    - Higher incidence of asthma;
    - More ear infections;
    - Reduced lung capacity;
    - Double the risk of bronchitis, croup and pneumonia;
    - Lower test scores in math, reading and logic;
    - Higher risk for heart disease;
    - More chances of taking up smoking themselves

    Canadians are urged to visit www.cleanairforkids.ca and send a message
directly to their provincial representative, Health Minister and Premier. The
campaign will run until December 31, 2008.

    Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and
most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for
science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy
on lung heath issues. For more information on the Association, please visit
www.lung.ca.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, media
representatives may contact: Cameron Bishop, Director of Communications and
Government Affairs, The Lung Association, (613) 569-6411, ext. 223
cbishop@lung.ca; Katrina van Bylandt, Communications Manager, The B.C. Lung
Association, (604) 731-5864, vanbylandt@bc.lung.ca

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