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Ms. Annitta Stenning, executive director of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Dr. Annette Schultz, University of Manitoba/St. Boniface Hospital Research, Ms. Janet Nowatzki, CancerCare Manitoba and the Hon. Jim Rondeau, Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors.

A pair of recently published studies may provide hope for parents who fear protecting their children from smoking in the future is out of their reach.

“Enforced home and vehicle smoking bans appear to support youth in maintaining a resolve to not smoke, regardless of the smoking status of the parent,” said lead author Dr. Annette Schultz, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, and an investigator at the PsychoSocial Oncology and Cancer Nursing Research Group at St. Boniface Hospital Research.

Schultz’s study – published in the latest edition of Chronic Diseases in Canada – focused on determining associations between youth’s susceptibility to smoking and parental and sibling smoking, restrictions on smoking in the home and exposure to smoking in vehicles. Schultz and colleagues discovered that for non-smokers, the odds of being susceptible to smoking increased with having a sibling who smokes, a lack of a total household smoking ban, and riding in a vehicle with a smoker.

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