Surely smokers are not happy?
I AM sure residents of the streets around the University Hospital of North Staffordshire will be pleased the hospital management has decided to build smoking shelters for its staff.
The mess created previously was unsightly and, ironically considering its origin, a potential health risk.
It surprises me that given the amount of information available about the health risks so many people still smoke.
When visiting a relative who was in hospital recently I regularly passed staff and patients smoking in the doorway, many of the latter doing so while connected to drips.
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I don't wish to be the sort of ex-smoker who preaches and I recognise the right of adults to make their own health choices, but I can't imagine any of those people shivering in their pyjamas for the sake of having a smoke wouldn't be happier if they gave up.
This is particularly notable in a week when figures were released showing the UK is lagging behind other developed countries in terms of health and life expectancy.
Among the causes cited for this was the number of people in disadvantaged areas like Stoke-on-Trent who smoke and have unhealthy lifestyles.
Budgets at councils and the NHS are tight at the moment, but it would, I am sure make social and economic sense in the long-term if both were to work together to encourage smokers to stub out their cigarettes and come in form the cold for good.
ADAM COLCLOUGH Penkhull