Birmingham Children’s Hospital are having a “public consultation” (read – announcing their plan) to ban smoking in public streets around their hospital.
This is a scenario from a sci-fi movie, or a concentration camp story.
What right do they have to do this anywhere except inside their building? Smoking is legal out-of-doors – and should be even in their own grounds. And they have no jurisdiction over public streets.
The world truly IS insane.
It’s about time this kind of mental aberration stopped.
Smoking is a real friend to people in times of stress. Every hospital should have a smoking room. How arid the mentality of prohibition is.
How far we have moved away from hospitals catering to people in their hour of need. How have hospitals now become places of judgement and disapproval and abuse.
Such a shame.
Please feel free to answer this consultation – it only takes a few seconds.
“Our Smoke-free Consultation is seeking views on the restriction of smoking on both sides of Steelhouse Lane, from the hospital’s paediatric Emergency Department to the junction of Whittall Street, and from there to St Mary’s Row.
If you live or work near the proposed zone, are one of our patients and families or any other member of the public who wish to have your say, or are a local business we really want to hear your views.
Working in partnership with Birmingham City Council we have put together these proposals in a bid to address concerns from children, their loved ones and visitors that smoking in the public spaces around our site, particularly close to our main entrance, is making the environment unpleasant and unhealthy. Complaints from families have also been made regarding littering from discarded cigarette stubs.
The proposed new public area smoke-free zone would be clearly marked, asking smokers to adhere voluntarily initially. However, responses to the consultation will also be used to understand if enforcement measures would also be welcomed by the public.
Anyone wanting to share their views can do so through the online survey below until Friday 16 September.” LINK