Where are the doctors when you need them?

The Australian medical fraternity spoke up about tobacco. So why the silence on another emerging killer?

It’s hard to tell a smoker he has cancer. A lot is left unsaid. It’s not a time for blame but there is a subtext unspoken by both patient and doctor knowing this could have been avoided. Cancer truncates a life. Even if a patient survives, things are never the same. A line is crossed and it can’t be undone.

For a smoker, each cigarette brings him closer to a threshold, to that line that mustn’t