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Keep those smokes tucked away for a pit stop
Ontarians can no longer light up with children in the car thanks to a new law effective Jan. 21, 2009.

“By ensuring the protection of Ontario’s children from second-hand smoke in vehicles today, we are helping them to continue to live healthy lives in the future,” Ontario Medical Association President Ken Arnold explained.

The Ontario ministry of health promotion said the objective of the law is to shield those under the age of 16 from the effects of second-hand smoke.

The law is relevant to both moving and stationary motor vehicles, regardless of any kind of ventilation such as open windows or sunroofs, Arnold explained.

Disobeying the law is punishable by a ticket, criminal charge or fine of $250.

Recent studies performed by the OMA found the concentration of toxins from second-hand smoke is 60 times higher in a motor vehicle than in a residence.
" Alyson Wyers

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