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Passive smoking case reaches High Court

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A nurse who claims that she was forced to give up her job because she had to work in a smoke filled communal lounge took a landmark case to the High Court in Manchester last week.

    Sylvia Sparrow, aged 60, should learn soon whether her action, the first damages claim over passive smoking to reach court in Britain, has been successful. Mrs Sparrow, a state enrolled nurse, is suing St Andrew's Homes, former owners of Worsley Lodge residential home, for failing to provide a safe working environment. A ruling in her favour could open the way for a flood of similar claims.

    Mrs Sparrow, from Swinton, Manchester, left …

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