UK government attacked for failing to introduce tobacco billBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7302.1564 (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1564
- Pat Hagan
Doctors' leaders and antismoking groups in the United Kingdom have attacked the government for delaying the introduction of a ban on tobacco advertising.
The criticism follows the decision not to include the Tobacco Bill in the Queen's speech, which means that legislation outlawing tobacco advertising will not take effect for at least another 18 months.
The BMA has warned that this postponement will undermine doctors' efforts to encourage people to quit smoking and said it sent out “the wrong signal” about ministers' commitment to tackling health inequalities. Some critics have gone even further; the campaigning organisation Action on Smoking and Health has estimated that the delay could …