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I have recently had some correspondence with the anti-smoking group ASH looking for the AA to support a ban on smoking in cars. It is an interesting debate and not just for obvious reasons.
Erris leads the way with healthy heart talk
The correlation between health and beauty is an obvious one but one that can be all too easy for us to ignore. We can point to the likes of Kate Moss, who live unhealthy lifestyles yet are famed for their beauty. What we often forget is that few people are blessed with such good genes and that every cigarette and late night has a tendency to show up in later years.
The issue of smoking outside public hospitals in Galway was raised at the Health Forum West meeting this month once more by chairman, Padraig Conneely, who stated there were problems for smokers wanting to have a cigarette since the ban was introduced last month.
From yesterday, Galway University Hospitals (GUH) has introduced a smoke free campus policy on National No Smoking Day which means that patients and visitors will no longer be allowed to smoke in areas near the entrance and must leave the grounds to do so.
Picture the scene. It will be like something from that film The Way Back, in which a bedraggled group of strangers make the remarkable journey from the gulags of Siberia all the way to India. It will be something akin to the famine memorial at the docks in Dublin, the desperation evident on the skin of the starved and the desperate.
New research carried out on behalf of Aviva Health Insurance has revealed that 61 per cent of Connacht and Ulster smokers claim an increase in socialising as the reason for smoking more during the Christmas period. In addition, more than half of Connacht and Ulster smokers are planning to quit the habit in the New Year during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
New research carried out on behalf of Aviva Health Insurance has revealed that 61 per cent of Connacht and Ulster smokers (including those living in Galway) claim an increase in socialising as the reason for smoking more during the Christmas period.
A local girl, who lost her mother to cancer just over a year ago, features in a new nationwide television ad campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking.
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly must be commended for proposing to introduce groundbreaking legislation which will ban smoking in cars where children are present.