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Cancer patients have to walk through smoke fumes at hospital

9th July 2012 | No Smoking Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Patients turning up for cancer treatment have to walk through cigarette smoke and past the litter of discarded butts, according to a report.

The Daily Record photographed a number of smokers outside the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow, Edinburgh's Western General and the Princess Alexandra Cancer Centre in Dundee.

The evidence revealed that some were ignoring no smoking signs, meaning that those arriving for chemotherapy and radiography were forced to inhale deadly fumes.

Stewart Maxwell, MSP, told the news source that it was "unacceptable" that people were lighting up outside these buildings.

"There can be nothing worse for a patient than having to walk through a fog of smoke when arriving for treatment. Smokers should remember that some patients at these centres have terminal cancer and show more consideration," he added.

Previously, Mr Maxwell laid motions in the Scottish Parliament for banning smoking in public places and in enclosed public areas, with bills coming into effect in March 2006.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801402827-ADNFCR


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