McGuinty Government Protecting Children's Health
TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ -
A new Ontario law would ban smoking in cars with children. The government
will propose the new law in the spring legislative session.
Second-hand smoke levels in cars can be up to 60 times greater than in a
smoke-free home. Children who breathe second-hand smoke are more likely to
suffer Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma and cardiac disease.
Ontario has one of the toughest anti-smoking laws
(http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health/smoke_free/legislation.asp) in North
America. Since 2003, tobacco use in Ontario has fallen by over 30 per cent.
"We know that this is harmful to children -- one hour of second hand
smoke in a car is the same as giving kids an entire pack of cigarettes," said
Premier Dalton McGuinty. "We need to do everything we can to keep our children
safe and healthy."
"We have heard from Ontarians on this issue and we are taking decisive
action," said Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best. "The proposed ban is
the next logical step in our efforts to protect Ontarians from the dangers of
"I am extremely pleased that our government is moving forward with
legislation to protect Ontario's children from the harmful effects of second
hand smoke in automobiles," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti, who
introduced the issue in a Private Member's Bill. "I commend Premier McGuinty
for taking action to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma and a
number of other respiratory illnesses among young people."
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in
Ontario, killing over 13,000 Ontarians every year.
Second-hand smoke kills over 300 Ontarians a year. Tobacco-related
diseases directly cost Ontario's health care system $1.6 billion a year.
Nova Scotia, Louisiana, Arkansas and California have already banned
smoking in cars with kids.
Learn more about the health effects of second-hand smoke
_2hand.pdf). Find out where to get help to quit smoking
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