Calls to ban smoking in cars with children in UK
A smoking ban in all cars to protect children from exposure to second hand smoke should be implemented, a UK politician says.
Labour MP Alex Cunningham says that the move would have “tremendous” health benefits as children are very vulnerable to passive smoking and cannot remove themselves from smoky environments.
Research shows that approximately 300,000 children in the UK each year have to visit the doctor because of health problems caused by second hand smoke.
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In addition to this, there are 20,000 new cases of asthma and wheezing in children every year in UK.
It is also believed that the concentration of passive smoke in a car is equal to the amount that is present in smoke-filled pub.
Research by the British Lung Foundation found that 86 percent of children want smoking in cars to be made illegal.
Meanwhile, 51 percent of eight to 15-year-olds questioned said they would feel too embarrassed to ask an adult to stop smoking in their presence.
Cunningham said that he was fully aware that the car was a “private” space but argued that it was children’s space too.
“Adults can make up their mind about the dangers of smoking. It is children we need to protect,” he said.
“The fact that children can be exposed to such an environment in cars is reason enough to bring in a ban on smoking in private vehicles where they are present.”
A ban of this nature has already been implemented in some US states and also countries including Canada and Australia.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”