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Smoke-free Cars

There is no safe amount of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS)

Second-hand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease in adults. 1

Smoking with children in the car

  • Since January 21, 2009 smoking inside a vehicle with a child under the age of 16 has been against the law. 1
  • It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is parked or moving, or whether a door, window or sunroof is open. 2
  • Both drivers and passengers could be charged for smoking while someone under sixteen years old is present in the vehicle. 2
  • Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion or Campaign for a Smoke-Free Ride for more information about this new change to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Making your car 100% smoke-free is the only way to reduce the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Smoke-free cars make a difference

  • Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of SHS.
  • Second-hand smoke can reach very high levels in vehicles because of the small enclosed space. 3
  • Opening a window, using a fan or ventilation system doesn’t eliminate second-hand smoke exposure. 4
  • Children are not able to control their exposure to SHS.
  • It is important that parents, care givers and child care providers protect them from exposure to SHS.

Tips to make your car smoke-free

  • Finish your cigarette outside before getting into your car. 5
  • Ensure that children are supervised if you park in a safe location to step outside your car to smoke.

Make the commitment — and keep it!

  • Accept that creating a smoke-free car will take some effort and self-discipline. 5
  • Set a day for going smoke-free and don’t let anyone smoke in your car after this date. 5

More about smoking and smoke-free spaces

  • Call us at 905-799-7700 (toll-free from Caledon at 905-584-2216) for more information about the health effects of smoking, second-hand smoke and how to create smoke-free spaces.

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