News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Follow UK on smoking in cars – Stroke and Asthma Foundations

Follow UK’s lead on smoking in cars – Stroke and Asthma Foundations'

New Zealand should heed the example set by the UK parliament yesterday and ban smoking in cars when children are passengers, said the Stroke and Asthma Foundations’ today.

“Second hand smoke is a major cause of ill health for children and eliminating their exposure to it in the confined space of a car is one of best ways we can reduce smoking related illness,” said Stroke Foundation, National Health Promotion Manager, Julia Rout. “The British government has committed to protecting children from this unacceptable hazard and New Zealand should follow suit.”

UK MPs voted by 376 votes to 107 to ban smoking in cars carrying children and health ministers have pledged to enforce the ban by 2015. The legislation will cover England and Wales – Scotland already has a private members bill going through its own parliament.

“New Zealand has been in the frontline of eradicating smoking in public places and it must not be left behind on this,” continued Mrs Rout. “Adults have a duty to protect children and smoking in the enclosed space of a car beside them is incredibly harmful to young lungs. Those who would defend the freedom to smoke in the private space of a car cannot justify forcing children to breathe poisonous tobacco smoke.”

Medical director for the Asthma Foundation Dr Kyle Perrin says "many childhood respiratory diseases are worsened by exposure to cigarette smoke. Children in cars where an adult is smoking are effectively trapped, and the negative effects on their respiratory system are increased. This occurs even if a window is open."

More than 350 New Zealanders die each year due to exposure to second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and those who are exposed may suffer from many of the same diseases as regular smokers including stroke, asthma, coronary heart disease and lung cancer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news