The recommendation won resounding support Wednesday at the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) annual general meeting.
“The risk of second-hand smoke is quite clear to everyone in this room,” Ottawa doctor Atul Kapur said. “There are few areas where children are still exposed; however, one of them is vehicles.
“They don’t have a choice about whether to be exposed or not and because of the concentrated atmosphere and the enclosed space, the risk is much higher.”
“This is a child protection issue,” said Sandra Luscombe, a pediatrician from St. John’s, adding later in an interview that a law would also be educational and would be no more difficult to enforce than those requiring seat-belt usage and prohibiting drivers from talking on cell phones.
I still pass cars on the road where both parents are smoking with young kids in the backseat.
You sometimes wonder what people are thinking…