Remember to butt out when you buckle up

    Canadian Cancer Society pleased with implementation of legislation today
    protecting children in vehicles from second-hand smoke

    TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with the
Ontario government's implementation today of a ban on smoking in cars where
children are present.
    "We congratulate the Ontario government for taking this step to protect
children's health," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario Division, Canadian
Cancer Society. "This law reinforces the important message to parents and
caregivers that when you buckle up, butt out."
    The legislation prohibits smoking in vehicles when a person who is less
than 16 years of age is present in the vehicle. For further health protection,
the Society advises parents and caregivers to completely refrain from smoking
in their vehicles at all times as toxins in smoke are absorbed by materials
like car upholstery.
    The risk to children's health when exposed to tobacco smoke in vehicles
is serious because of the confined space and because children breathe more air
relative to their body weight.
    "The new law also means children of smokers will see their parents use
tobacco less often," adds Goodhand. "The fewer times children see adults
smoking, the less normal it will become."
    To further protect youth health, the Society calls on the government to
follow through with their commitment to implement legislation banning
candy-flavoured cigarillos and close the loophole that allows these products
to be sold one at a time.
    One of the most effective ways to eliminate children's exposure to
second-hand smoke is to provide support to parents and caregivers who smoke to
help them quit.
    The Society encourages parents and caregivers who smoke to call Smokers'
Helpline at 1 877 513-5333. The Society's Smokers' Helpline is a free,
confidential telephone service that provides callers easy access to a trained
quit specialist. Online support can also be accessed anytime at .

    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 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 Division: (416) 323-7030, ckoserski @

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