Five million deaths despite royal college's warning 40 years agoBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.564/d (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:564
- Katherine Burke
Exactly 40 years after the Royal College of Physicians warned the public that smoking causes lung cancer, the college is pressing the UK government to end “ministerial indifference and inaction” over a habit that has killed millions of Britons.
The college is calling for more investment in smoking cessation clinics and mass media public education to cut the number of people smoking by 1% every year—more than double the current rate.
In his foreword to a commemorative booklet launched on Thursday, the Royal …