State Govt must act on hospital smoking: AMA (WA)

State Govt must act on hospital smoking: AMA (WA)


Thursday 5 February 2015

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The State Government needs to get tough on policing smoking at our public hospitals, AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said today.

 

“Incredibly, despite only being open for a matter of days, the entrance to Fiona Stanley Hospital is already littered with cigarette butts,” Dr Gannon said.

 

“It is completely unacceptable that patients visiting the newest, most advanced hospital in Australia have to walk through clouds of filthy cigarette smoke on their way into the hospital.

 

“The State Government needs to start policing smoking at hospitals, as people continue to ignore the plethora of no-smoking signs on site.

 

“The problem is especially bad at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, where people light up directly in front of no-smoking signs without a care in the world.”

 

“It has been proven that children exposed to second hand smoke are at an increased risk of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma.

 

“And the problem has now been allowed to spread to our newest hospital.

 

“The State Government CAN act on this. The State Government MUST act on this.

 

“These no-smoking signs are clearly not working, and it’s time the State Government gets tough on this issue and starts handing out on the spot fines.

 

“Handing out fines will help stop this practice. If our health facilities cannot stop smoking outside their doors, what hope is there for the State Government’s campaigns to stop smoking across the community?” Dr Gannon said.

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