Targeting smoking in cars
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 7:35a.m.
By Charlotte Shipman
A small community with a big smoking problem has launched a campaign to reduce the number of people who smoke with children in the car.
Research by the University of Otago shows that the odds of a smoky car ride are 11 times higher in Wainuiomata than in any other suburb of Wellington.
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says she's not surprised.
"I think it highlights, and really we've known this - that really it's in poorer communities where smoking is quite prevalent."
The median house price in Wainuiomata is $236,000 – in Karori you'd struggle to buy land for that. The median house price there is $520,000.
It's estimated 100,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week. The community of Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley was upset about the statistics.
"When I was first told about it, I was pissed," says Ssi Tuala-le'afa.
So she helped create the campaign called 'Smoke-free Cars - That's How We Roll'. It aims to reduce the number of people smoking in cars with children.
But the smoke-free message is broader in this small, rugby-centred town. At the local rugby league club spectators aren't allowed to smoke on the sidelines, and there are moves to ban smoking in the car park as well.
Second-hand smoke increases health problems like asthma, cot death and glue ear. Problems which are also over-represented in poorer areas.
The research also suggested messages about the danger of smoking in cars isn't working for children in poorer areas.
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28/02/2013 10:07:13 p.m.
I was a smoker for 28 years and never smoked around my children especially not in the car there is no excuse! addicted or not this is your childs health we are talking about. It should never happen!
28/02/2013 6:08:35 p.m.
Cr Margaret Willard wrote:
It's great our community is taking a lead in promoting air in cars as fresh as our beautiful environment so our children can grow up healthy and with better choices available to them.
However, you won't find a single Housing NZ home like those portrayed in the story, even if you drove down every street. The two-three bedroom stand-alone houses you see on the main roads are standard, and almost all are privately owned by occupants or landlords.
Thanks for your coverage of our community's initiative in protecting its children.
28/02/2013 4:56:43 p.m.
No Anil its about giving people the freedom to live their lives as they choose. Maybe you think living a nice safe life and attaining old-age is a noble cause but some of us prefer to actually "live" our lives,with all its inherent dangers- human beings NOT humans being...
28/02/2013 11:04:07 a.m.
This disgusting practice is already banned in some Australian states so it is about time we again follow their lead and protect our children who will hopefully live in a smoke-free country in the future.
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