Sparrow v St Andrews Homes Ltd 21 May 1998 HC

Reports relating to this case:

  • Asthmatic nurse loses passive-smoking claim

    1 November 1998

    In Sparrow v St Andrews Homes Ltd, a nurse who alleged that her asthma was caused by patients' tobacco smoke lost the first "passive smoking" case ever to go to trial in England or Wales. But, in rejecting Sylvia Sparrow's claim for damages at the High Court in Manchester, Mr Justice Holland was at pains to point out that he was not setting any kind of precedent for passive-smoking claims.