Everyone wants their child to be as happy and healthy as can be, right?
Well, new research published in the journal Childhood Obesity suggests children exposed to second-hand smoke won’t be as happy and healthy as they can be, as they are put at a mental and physical disadvantage for life.
From lower test scores, to weakened cognitive measures, to poorer attention, to increased fat and risk for obesity-related health problems, the study showed all children’s health decreased as result of the passive smoke in their lives, irrespective of their family background.
Is it okay to smoke around your child? And considering the health risks, should smoking in around your child be considered child abuse? Is this the choice of a parent? Is it okay if it’s only outside or not on a regular basis? Or should smoking around your children be unacceptable under any circumstances? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.
Of note, these are the smoking laws in Manitoba:
Legal age: 18.
Anyone selling to minors can be fined up to $3,000 on a first offence and $15,000 for a third.
Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces and indoor workplaces (including work vehicles). The ban doesn’t apply to reserve lands.
In 2013, the province banned pharmacies from selling tobacco.
Retailers cannot advertise or promote the sale of products.
Drivers with passengers under 16 cannot smoke in the car.