Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C


Witnesham: Clergyman calls for cigarettes to be renamed cancerettes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:04 25 February 2013

Rev Charles Mugleston

Rev Charles Mugleston

A SUFFOLK clergyman has launched a new front in the war on smoking – by demanding that cigarettes are renamed cancerettes.

Rev Charles Mugleston, from Witnesham, has launched the petition on the 10 Downing Street website – and could have the issue debated in parliament if he gets 100,000 signatories within the next year.

He pointed out that Richard Briers, in his last interview, said smoking had played its part in causing the emphysema that blighted his final years – and Mr Mugleston said smoking also caused lung cancer.

He said: “Having recently taken a burial service for a very fine man whose body was destroyed by lung cancer and seeing his wife, children and friends devastated – suffering much agony which could have been averted – I reflected on the situation.

“I came up with an idea which may help lessen the 100,000 (Statistic from Cancer Research UK) people who die every year in this country because of tobacco inhalation leading to lung cancer.

“The idea is very simple, and hopefully will prove effective. It is simply to rename cigarettes cancerettes - in the hope that it will make people think twice before they light up.”

Mr Mugleston accepted that there was a steep hill to climb before he could get the petition debated – but hoped that the case would be taken up by smoking charities.

He said: “If we could get some of the larger charities interested in this it could attract more signatories – you have to start somewhere!”

To sign the e-petition, go online to

A police helicopter has joined the search for a 55-year-old missing man from Ipswich.

Six Ipswich drug dealers have been given prison sentences totalling 19 years following a police operation targeting the supply of heroin in the town.

A Suffolk-based charity has broken the world record for the longest fashion show – raising £24,000 for its work in the process.

A Suffolk vicar is speaking out about the sexual abuse he suffered as a young man – a secret he has kept for almost 40 years – in a bid to stop women suffering at the hands of men.

Police chiefs in Suffolk and north Essex are to review their financial situations as fellow East Anglian force Norfolk announces the biggest shake-up in its history.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

The Government is to contribute nearly £13m towards the cost of three new road schemes in Suffolk and Essex.

Parents using “free” childcare at some Suffolk providers feel they have to pay top-up fees because the funding from government and the county council is inadequate.

Three nationally-acclaimed poets will be taking to the stage at the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge to inspire the next generation of Suffolk’s young writers.

Police are appealing for witnesses following an early morning burglary in Ipswich where a laptop, cigarettes, food and drink were stolen.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24