COLUMN: Why there should be a complete smoking ban at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

An aerial view of the sprawling Chesterfield Royal Hospital site.
An aerial view of the sprawling Chesterfield Royal Hospital site.

As reported last week, smokers could be banned from lighting up outside Chesterfield Royal Hospital under controversial plans. Here, Chesterfield resident Chris Mallory says why he thinks the ban is a good idea...

It may come as a surprise, but my support for a smoking ban at the hospital comes as an unfortunately relapsed smoker.

In an age where smoking is banned in pubs, on aircraft, indeed any enclosed public space, surely a place where those people most susceptible to the effects of second-hand smoke – those suffering from illness – should class as a smoke-free zone as highly as the other place where it’s totally taboo – school premises. If people walked into parents’ evening and the teachers were puffing away, they’d be incensed at the risk to their children’s health and the example it set.

If you went to a restaurant and the chef was outside in his whites lighting up, you’d at the very least raise an eyebrow.

And I’m sure that nobody would like to see a surgeon having a crafty drag round the back of the theatres.

We accept that smoking is harmful, that we can’t light up with our pint any more and know better than to smoke when pregnant or around kids.

If we’re still prepared to carry on despite the health concerns and monetary cost, then having to walk off a hospital grounds should be seen as what it is – a very minor inconvenience.

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