Why is he speaking out?
The physician said second-hand smoke was linked to chest infections in children, asthma, ear problems and sudden infant death syndrome. He referred to an Ontario Tobacco Research Unit study that showed smoking one cigarette created pollution inside a car 100 times greater than accepted US standards.
What else did he say?
Stephenson asked why parents would smoke in front of their children: ‘Why on earth would you light up in your car while your children are sitting in the back? On the assumption that you wouldn’t pass the packet round and invite the kids to light up, why make them breathe tobacco smoke at all?’
Stephenson wrote an exclusive piece for the ‘Scrubbing Up’ column on the BBC News website.
The story was covered by the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Mirror. The subject was also debated on BBC Breakfast.
The RCPCH’s two press officers fielded media calls after publication of the piece.
of the population of Great Britain aged 16+ smokes
of smokers say they want to quit