Sunday 18 November 2018

Picture a car filled with second-hand smoke and child in the seat

Ex-smoker John Crown explains why he wants to ban smokers from lighting up inside cars with children present

John Crown

I AM a former smoker. I was addicted to tobacco products. I often reached for the cigarette first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. I smoked when I was a medical student, when I was a young doctor, and even when I was training to be a cancer specialist.

I wasn't alone in this. I remember a time when doctors smoked in hospitals. I remember consultants doing ward rounds with cigars in their mouths (in one famous case being followed by a dutiful nun carrying an ash tray).

I've known senior cardiologists, lung specialists and yes oncologists who smoked.

Please sign in or register with for free access to this article.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss