A letter writer argues that while bylaws are in place to prohibit smoking at the Fraser Valley Centre in Surrey

Cancer clinic smoking out of control

I've met hundreds of chemo patients over a period of three years who have had to walk through a haze of cigarette smoke

Re: “City enters fight with cancer centre smokers,” The Leader, Dec. 13.

I was at the B.C. Cancer Agency’s Fraser Valley Centre last week. Five people were smoking outside the entrance way. As usual, hospital security said nothing to the smokers, one of which was leaning on the no-smoking sign.

Instead, they dedicated their time and effort towards getting myself and a photographer from The Leader off the grounds as quickly as possible.

I was there to tell people about the hundreds of chemo patients I have met over a period of three years who have had to walk through a haze of cigarette smoke (as I have) to get to their chemo chair – only to walk through it again after the treatment.

The only difference between three years ago and now is the smoking has increased to an out-of-control state.

If you are a concerned citizen who is sympathetic towards the patients getting to their chemo chairs without walking past the smoke, please e-mail BylawComplaint@Surrey.ca.

Nothing will be done without your support.

Even though a new bylaw has been passed by Surrey council to fine smokers, due to a manpower shortage we can expect business as usual at the cancer centre.

There is no doubt in my mind six months from now we can expect 50 to 75 people per day smoking in the same area.

 

Glen Morris

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

World COVID-19 morning update: Olympics delayed one year; 12,000 health care workers infected

Comprehensive world news update: Lockdown in UK showing signs of hope

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read