Strongest cosmetic pesticide legislation in North America becomes reality today in Ontario



    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - A ban on the sale and use of cosmetic
pesticides becomes reality today thanks to grassroots advocacy by determined
Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff, as well as other health and
environment organizations and thousands of Ontarians.
    "We congratulate the Ontario government for taking the lead in cancer
prevention by protecting Ontarians from the health risks associated with the
use of cosmetic pesticides," says Rowena Pinto, Senior Director, Ontario
Provincial Office, Canadian Cancer Society.
    The Society is pleased that particularly children, who are more
vulnerable to exposure than adults, will be protected by the strongest
cosmetic pesticide legislation in North America.
    "Starting today, parents no longer need worry about their children being
exposed to cosmetic pesticides while playing in backyards, parks and
schoolyards this summer," says Pinto.
    The Society is pleased the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act has a strong
community right to know component that will allow Ontarians to make informed
decisions about their health and the health of their families.
    "We congratulate the hard work of our volunteers and staff who have been
working with municipal and provincial governments and community partners
across Ontario since 2002 to protect communities from exposure to cosmetic
pesticides," adds Pinto. "The significant success of the Society's advocacy
efforts furthers our mission to eradicate cancer."

    Background:

    Cancer and Cosmetic Pesticides
    Exposure to cosmetic pesticides may increase your risk of developing
cancer. Most of the research to date has focused on occupational, or
workplace, exposure, linking it to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, prostate
cancer, kidney cancer, brain cancer and lung cancer. There is also evidence
that children may be especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of these
chemicals.
    The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on
Cancer has concluded that some substances used in pesticides are known,
probable or possible carcinogens. The U.S. National Toxicology Program has
classified a number of active ingredients in pesticides as 'reasonably
anticipated to be a human carcinogen'.
    Studies show that children may be more vulnerable to pesticide exposure
than adults because of their rapidly growing and developing bodies, as well as
the unique ways they may be exposed, including:
    
    -  crawling and playing in grass or gardens that have been treated with
       pesticides
    -  greater amounts may be absorbed directly through the skin, inhaled,
       and ingested from placing their hands in their mouths
    -  children can also be exposed to pesticides through their parents
    

    A 2007 Oracle Poll of 1,000 Ontario residents shows 71% of Ontario
citizens support province-wide restrictions on pesticides.

    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 Provincial Office: (416) 323-7030; ckoserski @ ontario.cancer.ca


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