Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
200 London Road
Since the tragic death of Roy Castle ten years ago there is now clear and indisputable evidence that exposure to second hand smoke is a cause of lung cancer. It has been estimated that non-smokers who are exposed to second hand smoke are between 20 and 30 per cent more likely to develop lung cancer.
There is also strong evidence that exposure to second hand smoke is an important and avoidable cause of heart disease, and it significantly increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and middle ear disease.
In the November 2004 White Paper on Public Health the Government 'Choosing Health: Making Health Choices Easier' proposed restrictions, but not a total ban, on smoking in public places.
Whilst this step is welcomed The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation believes that this does not go far enough. The proposed exemptions for pubs that do not serve food and for membership clubs will mean that bar staff in those workplaces will not be protected from the hazards of second hand smoke. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation therefore continues to press for a complete ban on smoking in all workplaces.