Smoking at hospital doors puts health of others in danger too

TIME TO QUIT Dr Edmund Neville, respiratory consultant at QA Hospital, looks at an X-ray from a patient who has a chest irregularity
TIME TO QUIT Dr Edmund Neville, respiratory consultant at QA Hospital, looks at an X-ray from a patient who has a chest irregularity

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IF you smoke when others are around you, it’s not just your own health you may put at risk.

Dr Edmund Neville, a respiratory consultant at Queen Alexandra Hospital, says up to five per cent of lung cancer cases are from people who are not smokers.

Usually it’s because they have been exposed to second-hand smoking. Even small amounts of exposure can cause people to have breathing problems or aggravate existing conditions.

That’s why Dr Neville has thrown his weight behind a new drive backed by The News to stop people smoking outside the main entrances of the Cosham hospital.

He said: ‘Second-hand smoking is a problem – it causes five per cent of lung cancers. This means if you see a person who is not a smoker, you ask them if they have family or friends who are. People smoking outside the hospital building means they could be causing aggravation to others and themselves.’

Dr Neville added: ‘People need to have more consideration for others.’

The hospital and The News have launched a poster competition, aimed at encouraging people to move away and stop smoking outside the entrance. The competition is open to people of all ages.

The winning design will be made into a poster and its designer will also win £100. Second prize wins £75, while third prize is £50.

The closing date for the competition is February 28.

To enter, send your poster, along with the completed voucher printed above, to: QA Poster Competition, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.