Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Seriously? Refusing to operate on smokers?! Doesn’t this contravene the basics ethics of medicine/providing medical care? (see debate here ) I wonder how far this could be taken refusing heart surgery to the (genetic) cardiac patient who’s deemed not to exercise enough, the bowel patient who does not eat sufficient whole grains, the diabetic who ingests a chocolate mousse and what are the implications of social class and poverty in chronic smokers? Will a similar stand be taken to eradicate the social stress that, for some, may give rise to smoking and dependence on smoking?

“…Other countries have gone further. Bhutan has completely outlawed smoking and Finland hopes to follow suit by 2040.

Swedish surgeons now refuse to operate on smokers until they give up, because of the deleterious effect smoking has on the healing process, Gudnason added….”

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