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GP warns of smoking in the car

9th August 2010

The chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners has said that people who smoke in their cars with their children present are guilty of "child abuse".


Professor Steve Field, who represents 42,000 GPs, has expressed his disapproval at Britain's attitude to diet, drinking and smoking.

In a letter to The Observer, Professor Field said parents needed to act more responsibly in relation to their offspring's wellbeing and think about what kind of example they were setting.

He said pregnant women, parents, obese people, and those who smoked or drank too much should try to change for their children's sake.

Professor Field said he expected that people who smoked in their cars also smoked in their own homes around their children.

He said: "Evidence from the US indicates that more young children are killed by parental smoking than by all other unintentional injuries combined."

Professor Field added in his letter: "The truth, which may be unpalatable to some, is that too many of us, too often, neglect too many aspects of our own personal health behaviour, and this is leading to increasing levels of ill-health and early death."


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Article Information

Title: GP warns of smoking in the car
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15738
Date Added: 9th Aug 2010


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