Wednesday 20 June 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.

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