January 21, 2009
A new law prohibiting Ontarians from smoking in motor vehicles with passengers under 16 comes into effect today.
The legislation is part of the McGuinty governmentâ€™s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, a plan that encourages young people not to smoke, helps smokers quit, and protects people from exposure to second-hand smoke.
Under the law, a driver or passenger smoking in a motor vehicle, while someone else under the age of 16 is present, is committing an offence, and can be fined up to $250.
Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to suffer Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma.
â€œThe medical science is clear - second-hand smoke is dangerous to our childrenâ€™s health and development,â€ said Margarett Best, Ontarioâ€™s Minister of Health Promotion. â€œThis new law demonstrates the McGuinty governmentâ€™s commitment to the health of our children, and to a smoke-free Ontario.â€
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