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EU is urged to reduce injuries to children

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1163
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Small changes in the design of everyday items such as cigarette lighters, cars, and baby walkers could prevent hundreds of young children being killed in the European Union every year, the European Child Safety Alliance says.

    The alliance used a public hearing in Brussels on 9 November to emphasise to European politicians and decision makers that mishaps such as fires, drowning, and choking—and not illnesses—are the main killer of children under 14 years old.

    Joanne Vincenten, the alliance's director, told participants: “Injuries kill twice as many children as cancer and eight times as …

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