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Newborn Babies inhaling cigarette smoke

NEWBORN babies at a Scottish hospital are inhaling cigarette smoke in their first breaths, angry medics revealed yesterday. The maternity unit at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, is above an entrance where visitors and patients regularly light up. Victoria Hospital Kilcaldy

Clouds of cigarette smoke are wafting through the windows of the maternity unit and being breathed in by hours-old babies. NHS Fife say they have a strict no-smoking policy at the site but admit it is “impossible” to enforce.

They are calling on the Scottish Parliament to legislate to ban smoking in and around hospitals. NHS Fife member Moira Adams said she uncovered the scandal while talking to midwives.undefined

She told a meeting: “I was horrified to hear that smoke is coming up right into the maternity unit where new born babies are gasping their first breaths.” Dave Stewart, chairman of NHS Fife operations division, said: “It really annoys me when patients come down in dressing gowns and stand at the door smoking.

“There’s no simple answer to it,” he said. “I have raised it with MSPs about smoking on acute hospital sites. The response was I should provide smoking shelters. “What I wanted was for MSPs to pass legislation on smoking in acute hospital sites.”

Gillian Smith, director of the Royal College of Midwives in Scotland, urged the hospital to appeal to smokers’ consciences.

She said: “If the hospital brought it to people’s attention that their smoke was going in the maternity ward then I’m sure it would be enough to halt the smoking outside the building.

“Yes, it’s difficult to police but if people are made aware then it should be easier to stop people smoking in the hospital.”


Drowning in Emphysema is tougher than quitting

Emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs, keep smoking and it may eventually come to you. Which will make it very clear to you the difference between the discomfort of stopping smoking and the mind blowing excruciating pain and agony of not being able to breath in life giving air.

Emphysema is a chronic long-term lung disease that can get worse over time. It's usually caused by smoking. Having emphysema means some of the air sacs in your lungs are damaged, making it hard to breathe.


Smoking is the most important known factor. The great majority of people with emphysema also have chronic bronchitis, and have been heavy cigarette smokers


Emphysema cannot be cured mainly because damaged lung tissue cannot be replaced. The first step in the treatment is to stop smoking to prevent further damage.


Do you know what Cancers are caused by Smoking?

How many can you tick?









Bowel (colorectum),






It’s a long list of body parts that are affected

Cigarette smoke contains a toxic cocktail of more than 70 cancer-causing chemicals.

Smoking causes these chemicals can enter the bloodstream and travel around the body

Increasing the risk of cancer in over 12 different locations.

Smoking is the most important preventable risk factor for cancer in the UK,

Smoking is responsible for nearly a fifth of all new cancer cases - around 60 000 – in the UK in 2010.

Smoking causes more than a quarter of all deaths from cancer in the UK

Smoking caused 43,000 deaths in 2009 –

Around half of all long-term smokers will die from cancer or other smoking-related illnesses.

The tar from smoking causes cancer


Could cute kids be more effective than graphic cigarette packs?

Smokers in Canada will notice their cigarette packages have gotten a bit of a gruesome makeover as new, mandatory labeling (covering three-quarters of the cigarette pack) takes effect next week.

The new packs will feature graphic images such as cancerous mouths and an emaciated anti-smoking activist Barb Tarbox, dying of lung cancer.

Despite new statistics revealing that fewer Canadians are smoking since the first health warning labels were introduced in 1989, some are skeptical that these images are in fact effective. "Does anyone seriously believe that Canadians don't already know the risk of smoking?" Imperial Tobacco Canada's vice-president of corporate affairs asked in a statement released by the company in April. "Increasing the size of the warning from 50 to 75 percent will not lead to any measurable change to

public awareness."


What do you think?

Could a guilt trip from a cute child be more effective than graphic cigarette labels?

Could the desire to set a good example for and protect children from smoking be a more effective way to quit the habit?

Which approach do you think is more effective?


Lung Cancer kills more people worldwide than any other cancer'


This high mortality rate is due to late diagnosis in too many cases.

Over 39,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year, making it the second most common cancer.

However, 10 per cent of this number have never smoked.

Each year in the UK 33,500 people die from lung cancer – making it the UK’s biggest killer disease

The cases of lung cancer in men in the UK have dropped but, as more women are taking up the habit, the numb

er of women developing the disease has risen.

The most common form of lung cancer among women and non-smokers is adenocarcinoma.

This tends to hit people who were former, light smokers – i.e. who only smoked a couple a day.

Why does it also develop in non-smokers?  Is it the “passive smoking” syndrome of which Roy Castle was diagnosed?

As in all cancers, early detection is vital but all to often does not happen because people are unaware of the symptoms.

It is suggested that you visit the GP if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
  • Worsening or change to long standing coughRepeated chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained persistent tiredness
  • Unexplained persistent weight loss
  • Persistent chest and/or shoulder pain

An important caveat – these symptoms can be caused by illnesses other than cancer but a visit to your GP is essential.




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