Dear Editor, If children take up smoking at an early age, isn't it more likely that they've been exposed to cigarette smoke at home or while travelling in a car, rather than they've seen packets of cigarettes on show in a shop?
If passive smoke harms adults in pubs and clubs and the like, then passive smoke in the confines of a car - sometimes from the earliest days of their lives - has got to have a much more harmful effect on children.
Doesn't inhaling passive smoke create nicotine receptors in the brain? Don't some children, who have never smoked, already have a nicotine craving before they reach adolescence because of all the smoke they've inhaled from their parents smoking?
Doesn't the sight of someone smoking - especially someone who is looked up to - make smoking appear to be cool and attractive? Around the 1920s, tobacco companies wanted to increase profits by making smoking (a man thing) more attractive to women, so they approached psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud.
He suggested they get leading actresses to smoke on the silver screen. Overnight, women took to smoking.
Shouldn't we be banning smoking in parks and other children's areas before packets of cigarettes are hidden under the counter? Shouldn't there be heavy fines for discarding cigarette ends? They litter Britain in their billions.
If pub landlords can be fined £2,000 for allowing customers to smoke inside, why aren't hospital managers being fined for allowing visitors and patients to smoke at hospital entrances?
My local hospital has a great big sign at the entrance saying that smoking is banned inside and out. It seems that smoking affects the eyesight and the brain, as well as the heart and lungs.
Dear Editor, North Solihull's regeneration plans have much to cheer about in that there will be more than just a lick of paint involved (15 years and £1.8bn to create the new Solihull, Post, March 25).
Under the surface, however, we see that it is the local community which is paying the cost and the private companies carrying out the work are pocketing at locals' expense. Just one example is that a huge amount of green space is to be lost as Solihull Council sells it off to the developers for housing. This is hardly beneficial to quality of life.
The Birmingham Post editorial (Post Agenda, March 25) is quite right about the need for bottom-up regeneration. Residents' committees have been set up but are carefully engineered by the developers.
With true democracy and resident involvement, the regeneration could serve to reap far better the benefits that £1.8 billion ought to deliver.
Sauce of concern
Dear Editor, Sauce is not the word for the behaviour of Heinz after its theft of the company from Aston, putting many loyal staff out of work. Now it has moved on as if Birmingham never existed.
I am afraid, however, that this is the logic of the so-called global village. Multinationals have the power to pick and choose where they locate and who they employ, cutting costs to their benefit.
Where do people come into this?
Poverty is a tool to ensure companies like Heinz are able to maximise profits. Its shareholders and directors should be shamed.
Consumers, of course, have power and, where it can be organised, it will have an effect.
It would be good to make Birmingham a Heinz-free city. If Heinz can do without us, I'm sure we can do without Heinz.
Notable night out at rock club
Dear Editor, On a Saturday night, I usually just enjoy four or five pints in my local and get rid of the stresses of the Blues' poor results.
The prospect of going to Digbeth to a rock club did not appeal to me, but I went with some friends after they pestered me to see a local band, Red Route.
The first band I saw was Grand Funk Revival (I think it was anyway). They rocked the crowd and it was good to hear a full-on rock singer giving it some real rock passion.
The next act on was Matt Geary. He is a folk singer, but a good one. His songs seemed very personal to him. Oh yeah, he has a drum'n'bass drummer. An odd mix but it worked really well.
The night finished off with seeing Red Route. When they came on, their first song hurt me. It was that good. They soon settled down into a kind of sound that is hard to explain. It was rock at times, then melodic at others.
I should have gone home after that, but I did not. I stayed until two and it was a party-like atmosphere afterwards. I talked to the bands and we all did a conga at one point. I have not been in a conga since ... well I don't think I ever have been in one.
I had a good time at the Barfly and I'll go back. Bad head permitting.
Capello: myth and the man
Dear Editor, Even at this early stage in his career as England team manager, Fabio Capello has shown his true colours and killed the myth that he is a hard man (Beckham backed by nice guy Capello, Post Sport, March 25).
I fully applaud his decision that in all interviews, England players must be dressed correctly, but surely his strong rules should extend to the playing area and he should not bow to pressure from the media and let David Beckham receive his 100th cap.
I stress the word "receive" because England caps must be won on merit and not given for sentiment. The publicity-craving Beckham has won many of his last 20 caps mainly because of a very weak management structure which wanted to appear as one of the boys, with constant references to Becks, JT, Lamps and Rio.
When I look at the list of current centurions, it is an absolute travesty that the name of Beckham will appear in the same company as the giants of the game - namely Shilton, Moore, Charlton and Wright.