Pressure's on with call for more smoke-free spaces
A CALL has gone out for the urgent introduction of more smoke-free spaces to help Queenslanders to quit.
The statement was issued after recent research shone the spotlight on the prevalence of maternal smoking in Queensland.
The rate of south-west Queensland women still smoking while pregnant was as high as 23% in some parts of the region.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the findings showed the need for more smoke-free spaces.
Should smoking be banned at Toowoomba Hospital?
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"There are a range of factors that can influence rates of smoking in different areas, including socio-economic status and other demographic characteristics of people living in the region," she said.
"Smoking during pregnancy causes a range of complications, including an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, SIDS and the likelihood a child will have problems with lung development and lung function.
"We urgently need to continue with progressive reforms - smoke-free spaces - to guarantee fresh air and healthy childhoods for our next generation."
Ms Clift said smoke-free spaces across Queensland would encourage more Queenslanders toquit.
"Smoke-free spaces will accelerate Queensland's quit rate, continuing our historic achievements at reducing the prevalence of smoking, with flow-on effects for rates of maternal smoking, promoting the health of mothers and their unborn babies.
"We must continue smoke-free strategies to see this trend continue for the benefit of Queensland's next generation."
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In light of Cancer Council's call for more smoke-free spaces, The Chronicle asked readers online whether smoking should be banned in the grounds of hospitals.
The majority of readers were in favour of the change, with some saying it wouldn't make a difference to whether people smoked or not.
Toowoomba Hospital acting general manager Dr Hwee Sin Chong said the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service supported the State Government anti-smoking measures to reduce the health, social and economic effects of smoking.
"In May this year, Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg announced proposed anti-smoking reforms to make all of Queensland's public and private health facilities smoke-free by 1 January 2015," he said.
"DDHHS will comply with any legislative changes in relation to smoking on or around HHS facilities. DDHHS encourages staff and patients to stop smoking. Support is available for any staff members or patients who would like assistance with quitting smoking. Free nicotine replacement therapy, in the form of gum or patches is offered to inpatients experiencing nicotine withdrawal."
Cathy Harris-Brennan: Definitely! I hated walking my mother into the hospital for her check-ups or when visiting people ... all those filthy smoke butts out the front and smoke wafting over the path into your face. It's awful.
Wendy Wieck: Braving the entrance at the Base Hospital is scary!
Rebecca Hawkins: Yes, it should be banned in any place where other non-smokers have to walk pass or through.
Peter Hawkins: If you smoke in an open-air area ... there should be NO ban ... it affects no one.
Kirstie Nicholls: Yeah, sure, you can put a ban on where you can or can't smoke, but people still don't follow it. The amount of times I've seen smokers smoking next to a non-smoking sign in a hospital ground is ridiculous.