Today a new Quebec law kicks in banning smoking in the workplace. But the Quebec Lung Association wants the province to go further by legislating a full ban on smoking in vehicles carrying children.
More than half the provinces have started either passing or debating this sort of ban. Nova Scotia’s law banning smoking in cars came into effect April 1.
The Quebec Lung Association says second-hand smoke has been linked to bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, chronic respiratory symptoms and middle ear infections in children. Exposure to second hand smoke (in an enclosed space like a vehicle) increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
However, there is opposition to the idea because it insinuates the state into what should be a private matter. One couple with a two-year-old son says cancer is the luck of the draw and parents should be able to decide whether to smoke in a car with their children or not: “It’s taking people’s rights away to do whatever they want.”
The Lung Association is behind an on line petition to be sent to Premier Charest asking for a ban on smoking in cars carrying children. The online petition can be found at http://www.pq.lung.ca
What do you think?
Should the government be trying to regulate whether parents smoke or not in a family car with their children?
Would you sign the petition?