Ban smoking in cars with kids!

Did you know that Quebec is the only province in Canada where it's still legal to smoke in a car with kids present? It's true and it's pathetic.

But a coalition of groups is calling on the government to catch up with the rest of the country and many other nations. How can anyone defend smoking in a car where there are kids?

We've come a long way in many ways, but fail miserably when it comes to this issue.

The Quebec Lung Association, the Association of Pediatricians of Quebec and the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control says exposure to second-hand smoke in a confined space is extremely harmful for anyone, but it is especially damaging for a growing child.

They say children are especially vulnerable to tobacco smoke because they breathe faster than adults, meaning they inhale and absorb more pollutants per kilogram of body weight than adults. They add that continuous or regular exposure of children to second-hand smoke can have serious and irreparable consequences for the rest of their lives. The groups say they're more likely to develop asthma, allergies, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Dr. Pascale Hamel, president of the Association of Pediatricians of Quebec, says "The government must intervene, just as it did for seat belts, car seats and cell phones."

Amen. What is the government waiting for?

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  1. JohnInMtl posted on 01/24/2013 03:44 PM
    Ok, then why not ban all children in fossil-fueled cars? Car emissions contain the same pollutants as cigarette! No matter how well built a car is some car exhaust will be present in some minute quantities. To put things in perspective, if you idle a car for 15 minutes in a closed garage that is part of the house, the occupants of that house can die of asphyxiation. You could put 100 smokers (if they could fit into that same space) and no-one (including the smokers) would be asphyxiated. The number one cause of ALL cancers WORLDWIDE is air pollution and not cigarette smoke. I rest my case!
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