Our Kids Deserve It: Lung Association launches national push for smoke-free cars

    Canadians urged to visit cleanairforkids.ca to take action

    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association today launched "Stop
Smoking in Cars! Our Kids Deserve It!" - a nationwide campaign designed to
help Canadians push their provincial governments to tackle the issue of
smoking in cars where children are present. The Association wants provincial
governments to ensure people "butt out" if they are driving with kids.
    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.
    "It is simply not acceptable that some children in Canada are forced to
ride in cars when people are smoking - it's a serious public health issue that
needs to be addressed" said Nora Sobolov, President and CEO of The Lung
    According to Statistics Canada, in 2003, the proportion of 12 year-olds
regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in private vehicles was 17%(1).
Additionally, according to the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey from
Statistics Canada, 19% of non-smokers 12- 17 years old were regularly exposed
to second-hand smoke in private vehicles(2).
    Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 dangerous chemicals and carcinogens.
Second-hand smoke in vehicles is especially potent when it is concentrated in
a confined space.
    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.

    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

    (xx) A picture of the poster being used to promote the campaign
    accompanies this news release (xx)

    (1) Health Reports, Volume 16, No. 1, Pages 9-18, October 2004,
    Statistics Canada, 82-003,
    (2) 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey.

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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,

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