| GEO Health|
Smoking around kids way to abuse them
| Updated at: 1211 PST, Sunday, September 05, 2010|
LONDON: Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, is Britain’s most senior GP and he has criticized reckless attitude of the nation towards overeating, smoking, and boozing.
He said that this attitude was taking parents and their children towards early death.
He added that adults smoking in a car with kids in it were guilty of child abuse. Professor Field, who represents 42,000 British GPs, added, "I suppose the same people also smoke at home in front of their children. Evidence from the US indicates that more young children are killed by parental smoking than by all other unintentional injuries combined."
He urged all people who were obese, moms-to-be, drinkers and smokers to transform themselves into role models for others.
Prof Fields criticized parents who had no check on their kids when they indulged in junk food. His harshest criticism was for parents who smoked in front of their kids.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s viewpoint matched with that of Fields when Lansley said that people should take charge of their health and must not wait for the state to do so.