Schools across Canada fight second-hand smoke stigma

What’s the Buzz Around the School? Jenna and Brady White lost their infant son Erika only a few months into their pregnancy when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest at an Ontario hospital. Erika…

Schools across Canada fight second-hand smoke stigma

What’s the Buzz Around the School?

Jenna and Brady White lost their infant son Erika only a few months into their pregnancy when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest at an Ontario hospital. Erika was only five months old at the time. We first brought your attention to the family’s story earlier this year on our See it Now.

Today they’re warning other parents about the impacts of second-hand smoke on children. During a visit to a class in Vancouver for British Columbia’s Elementary Teachers’ Federation, Jenna White said a teacher brought up the term “covert choking” — a term applied to children whose deaths aren’t obvious. She says the teacher’s response? That children die from second-hand smoke.

“It’s a sad reminder of how important it is that the language used to talk about smoking is not the best,” she said.

In September 2018, CNN reported on how second-hand smoke affects your health. We shared the latest numbers from the Canadian Centre for Disease Control. The CDC also has a tool to help you analyze data from the Ontario Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program. Use our tool to search Ontario schools by name and track cases in the province.

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