Ontario's Children Can Breathe Easier With New Legislation That Makes Parents Butt Out In Cars

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lung Association applauds
Premier Dalton McGuinty for his swift response to Bill 11, proposed by
MPP David Orazietti last December that would see a ban to smoking in cars
where there are children under the age of 16 present. The Premier's
announcement gives The Ontario Lung Association additional reason to celebrate
on its annual Tulip Day, the organization's province-wide fundraising event
that supports critical lung health programs and services.
    "The Lung Association is pleased with the leadership that
Premier McGuinty's government has shown with today's announcement indicating
the Bill will be introduced this spring," says George Habib, president & CEO
of The Ontario Lung Association. "Protecting Ontario's children against the
short and long-term damage of second-hand smoke exposure in cars is a very
positive move that will yield lifelong benefits for this next generation."
    Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 dangerous toxins, chemicals and
carcinogens, which are more potent in restricted spaces, such as vehicles.
Children are more susceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoke for a number
of reasons: they breathe in more air relative to their body weight; their
immune systems are immature, their lung function is actively developing and,
importantly, they are powerless to complain or to leave a smoke-polluted
environment. We know that children who are exposed to second-hand smoke have a
greater risk of developing asthma, wheezing and ear infections.
    About 12 per cent of Ontario children have asthma. The Ontario Lung
Association offers support to people with asthma through its Asthma Action(TM)
Helpline 1-800-668-7682. Those interested in learning about ways to quit
smoking can visit www.on.lung.ca or call the Get on Track program at

    The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest voluntary, not-for-profit
health-promotion organizations. The Lung Association is concerned with the
prevention and control of asthma, chronic lung disease caused by smoking and
with air quality and its effect on lung health. The Ontario Lung Association
was incorporated in 1945, and has community offices across the province.
    Visit the Ontario Lung Association online at www.on.lung.ca, or call
1-800-972-2636 for more information.

                When you can't breathe, nothing else matters.

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