Tommy Banner Selfish smokers need some shock therapy
Recently, after I had visited my wife Chris in Musgrove Park hospital – fortunately she is well and back home now – I was stopped at traffic lights at Wellington Road, when a male driver, waiting behind me, lit up a cigarette.
Now, if he wants to damage his own health that's down to his own stupidity, but, sitting in the passenger seat was a young lad between eight and ten years old, possibly his grandson, with no escape from inhaling this older man's cigarette smoke, because all the car windows were closed. Who says some smokers are absolutely selfish and thoughtless?
While on the subject of Musgrove Park and smoking, I must say that I could not believe on my many visits to see Chris, the amount of people still blatantly smoking in the hospital grounds, even though the whole area, inside and out, is a no smoking zone. Outside each entrance to the hospital buildings and around the outside seating areas, the ground is littered with cigarette ends discarded by thoughtless smokers who shouldn't even be smoking there.
All the receptacles that used to be in places where smokers congregated have been removed, but it seems to be a futile exercise, and it would appear it would be better to replace them, if only to keep the areas spick and span, especially as smokers are ignoring the signs.
I wonder if the inspectors who were there last week happened to notice this. Perhaps they could report this back to the Government, which a few weeks ago was boasting that the no smoking campaign has been a great success over the last ten years. Why do I see all these people smoking, even outside a hospital, and many youngsters smoking in the streets, if it has been such a success?
My sister-in-law Merilyn has a great idea. She would love to take all smokers into the nursing home where she works, just to see what smoking has done to several of the people she cares for, and see how much they are suffering now.
The whole of Bristol seemed to be buzzing last week with thousands of people queuing for up to nine hours to gain entry to see the greatest dog show on earth – the 80 magnificent Gromits, on public display for the last time. Pete Budd and I are so disappointed and we regret that, because of our extremely heavy work schedule throughout the summer, we were unable to go along to see any of them on the streets, not even our own Wurzel Gromit, which looked fantastic from photos we have been shown by Wurzel fans.
We feel highly honoured to have been included in such a wonderful collection of memorabilia.