Montreal, Quebec – The Quebec Lung Association has launched its “Clean Air for Kids” campaign, an initiative designed to help Quebecers convince the provincial government to tackle the problem of tobacco consumption in cars with children on board.

Quebecers are encouraged to send an email through PQ.Poumon.ca, urging their MNA, Health Minister Philippe Couillard and Premier Jean Charest to prohibit smoking in cars with children on board. The campaign will continue until December 31.

Statistics Canada reports than in 2003, 17 per cent of 12-year-old children were exposed to secondhand smoke in private vehicles; according to a 2005 report by Statistics Canada, 19 per cent of 12- to 17-year-old non-smokers were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in these vehicles. Studies have shown that children exposed to secondhand smoke are liable to develop various health problems.

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