3:56pm Thursday 5th April 2012
DIFFERENT points of view on the effects of smoking on health were expressed at Norton Rural District Public Health Committee meeting.
The committee received a circular from the Ministry of Health which drew attention to the recent report of the Royal College of Physicians and asked the council to consider what it could do to publicise the question.
Free publicity material would be available soon, and the Minister hoped that local authorities would join in the campaign. The circular emphasised that it was particularly important that young people should be warned.
While Mr T Hicks, clerk of the council, was reading the circular, only one councillor was smoking a cigarette and he put it out when the debate began. Two or three other members continued smoking pipes.
Coun Edgar Milner, of Leavening, said he did not think smoking did much harm. He had smoked since he was 10 years old. Diesel fumes were a lot worse than tobacco smoke.
The law already prohibited young people under 16 from smoking and it was up to the police to enforce the law.
Coun J Buttery, Staxton, seconding, said he thought the authorities had made too much fuss about it.
Coun H Hepton (Westow) said they could not afford to ignore the warnings altogether. It was right that young people, especially, should be told plainly of the facts.
• LIVING in the showpiece council housing estate of Elmslac Road, Helmsley, has its snags. One of the biggest fears for parents lies in one of the estate’s most pleasing features – a low boundary wall and the absence of front garden dividing fences, which allow an eye-catching sweep of trim lawns and flower beds.
But children, particularly toddlers, do not keep in the imaginary confines of absent fences, and it is always pleasant to wander.
Last week, a two-year-old child did the ‘disappearing act’. The parents were relieved to find her – and horrified where they did find her. She was seated, happily, on the road beneath the rear of a parked car. And this particular car would within minutes have been reversed. Naturally these parents would not feel at ease now until some form of fence or other restriction is provided. And who can blame them?
The rural council has already turned down all moves for dividing fences on the grounds that they would detract from the estate’s attractive layout.
• THE weather was upto its tricks in March. We saw the sun for 126 hours – well above average – yet the month was the coldest for 11 years.
The average maximum temperature of 40 degrees was 12 lower than March last year and the average minimum of 28 (four degrees below freezing) is 10 colder than last year.
The chorus of the Pickering Musical Society production of Brigadoon in the Memorial
From the Malton Gazette & Herald, Friday, April 6, 1962
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