Letters to the Editor

Practical solution: Build a gazebo for hospital smokers

As a non-smoker and a cancer patient, I was appalled at the mess smokers were still making at the entrance to the cafeteria at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Fraser Valley Centre on Dec. 28, 2012.

There were patient and non-patient smokers making the air blue with second-hand smoke.

This is not a good advertisement for the hospital. Those in administration have to find a balance between what the smokers want and the enforcement of Surrey smoking bylaws.

What do smokers want? An area where they can be free of complaining non-smokers and patients who have to run the blue haze gauntlet.

There is, I believe, a common-sense solution. Administration should appropriate the two parking stalls at the northeast of the parking lot and build a gazebo or equivalent with some seating, proper butt containers, and a handicap ramp etc., creating a designated, safe place for smokers that will in turn keep hospital entrances smoke-free and clean for all users.

This I think will go a long way to solving the issue. So smokers have to walk a few yards to get their fix. Exercise is good for everyone – smokers too.

Smokers have a right to smoke, it is a legal substance, but they will probably kill themselves in the process.

Smokers, though, do not have the right to kill others with carcinogen-laden second-hand smoke.


Barry Mudge

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
B.C. eyes looser liquor penalties for bars, stores
9-year-old girl lured from Surrey bedroom and sexually assaulted
South Surrey brokerage shutdown sidelines nearly 70 real estate agents
Ensuring the sun shines on other kids’ summers
Burnaby singer to hit career high note at Seahawks game
Mayoralty hopeful wants no more pay day loan offices
Adventures: Shooting the Orpheum
BCTF, Fassbender meet as teachers strike threatens to delay school start
Benefits and drawbacks of cycling

Community Events, August 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Aug 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.