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

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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 http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/45108

15 comments

  • Short of news - eg - why are there roadworks in Chevallier street etc at the mo? That's something you could write about. Would be informative too. Nothing like yet another chance to poke the proverbial nose, however tenuous, into the right of the individual to smoke. I have been calling them coffin nails for decades and have no intention of giving the great smoking pleasure up. Try harder next time to find something to fill the ol' column inches.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Well said fuztownsend. Let partition to re-name Religion as Mumbo Jumbo!

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    David White

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Don Perignon the point i am trying to make is smokers should not be allowed cancer treatment as it is self inflicted like drug users and alocholics should not be allowed treatment too as genuine people with genuine illnesses should get priority.

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    the opinion man

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • @opinion man please get your facts straight, about £8.1 billion is raised in tobacco duty while about £1.9 billion is used to treat smoking related illnesses on the NHS, that also includes non smokers who say get lung cancer. Smokers therefore raise in excess of £6 billion for the exchequer. Sorry for being selfish!!!!

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    mr_tall

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Just the kind of stupid suggestion I'd expect from a purveyor of religious nonsense. He's just trying to get himself some publicity, and sadly seems to have succeeded. And I speak as someone who hates smoking with a passion.

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    beerlover

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • @opinion man please get your facts straight, about £8.1 billion is raised in tobacco duty while about £1.9 billion is used to treat smoking related illnesses on the NHS, that also includes non smokers who say get lung cancer. Smokers therefore raise in excess of £6 billion for the exchequer. Sorry for being selfish!!!!

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    mr_tall

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • @opinion man please get your facts straight, about £8.1 billion is raised in tobacco duty while about £1.9 billion is used to treat smoking related illnesses on the NHS, that also includes non smokers who say get lung cancer. Smokers therefore raise in excess of £6 billion for the exchequer. Sorry for being selfish!!!!

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    mr_tall

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • My apologies for incorrect spelling. I don’t Understand religion hey? It’s the cause of every war Sir!

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    David White

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • @ David White - learn to spell before you start criticising something you don't understand.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • To Opinion man: When it comes round to cancer treatment genuine cancer paitents who do not smoke get a second rate service due to the smokers having money spent on them !!!! Ha! More like the lack of money is due to all the foreign illegal leeches we have to treat in this country.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I understand this man's sentiments but who is he trying to kid that people listen to representatives of religious organisations? I would prefer to hear this from medical practitioners not people who believe in fairy tales.

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    fuztownsend

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • @opinion man please get your facts straight, about £8.1 billion is raised in tobacco duty while about £1.9 billion is used to treat smoking related illnesses on the NHS, that also includes non smokers who say get lung cancer. Smokers therefore raise in excess of £6 billion for the exchequer. Sorry for being selfish!!!!

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    mr_tall

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • @opinion man Do you realise how much tax a smoker pays in a lifetime? It far outweighs the associated costs to the health service. Maybe we should ban ignorant people from health treatment? The day I listen to someone like him talking about science will be the day I die....

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    Don Perignon

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • People who smoke are slefish. The NHS is drainned too much already. When it comes round to cancer treatment genuine cancer paitents who do not smoke get a second rate service due to the smokers having money spent on them !!!!

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    the opinion man

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I've known dear old "Muggy" Mugleston for many years. His heart's in the right place but he'd be the first to admit he's a bit of an eccentric.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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