I dread the thought of ever having to be admitted to hospital. Excerpt of letter by Simon Clark:
The NHS has a duty of care to protect people’s health but that doesn’t include the right to nag, cajole or bully smokers to quit. Many smokers are in hospital for reasons that have nothing to do with smoking. Why should they be told they cannot go outside and have a cigarette in the open air?
It’s heartless to ban patients or staff from smoking anywhere on hospital grounds. Tobacco is a legal product and many people smoke to relieve stress. A cigarette break at work or while they are in hospital is something many people look forward to. For some patients may be one of the few pleasures they have while in hospital.
Driving the proposal to make smoking in hospital grounds an offence is a degree of bullying that is unacceptable in a tolerant society. People are no longer educated about the health risks of smoking. Today they are patronised, insulted, made to feel like lepers or, worse, threatened with prosecution and fines. The public health industry is engaged in a campaign of creeping prohibition. Banning smoking in the open air, even in hospital grounds, is a step too far.
I wonder if they ban alcohol and starve fat people as well? And get everybody else to exercise? And bombard them with climate change propaganda?
Adrian Lane, of Gloucestershire, sent out a call signal to the ISS and was “stunned” when he received a reply.
He said: “They came back to me and said, ‘Receiving you – welcome aboard the International Space Station’.”
Mr Lane, from Coleford, and a US astronaut chatted for about 45 seconds before the station went out of range.