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Smoking ban is right decision; Letters

I WOULD like to fully endorse the decision to ban smoking at the UHCW site. I am chairman of the 'Breathe Easy Coventry" British Lung Foundation Support Group. This group supports, educates and helps people with all types of lung disease.

Unfortunately some of the members of the group are ill because of smoking in the past. Many of the members including my wife (who has never smoked) have to make frequent visits to the hospital for out patient appointments.

All are agreed in saying how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it is, passing through clouds of tobacco smoke and smoking detritus on the floor, when attending the hospital. In my wife's case, an inhalation of tobacco smoke in cold air can actually trigger an asthma attack.

I have never smoked myself, but I do understand how difficult it is to stop smoking due to the highly addictive nature of tobacco. So, I do have sympathy for the smoker who might be under severe stress at the hospital.

When one considers the amazing work done at the hospital, it is sad that so much of their efforts are undone by smoking. We do know that smoking cessation courses and support are offered, and we thoroughly endorse this.

Surely, it is not too much to ask for visitors who are only there for a few hours to manage without smoking, in respect of other hospital users? The Breathe Easy Coventry Group heartily applauds the management's decision as a further step towards eliminating this unpleasant habit that harms and kills people.

Peter Crowley, Lambourne Close, Eastern Green, Coventry.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 8, 2015
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