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BMA Annual representative meeting, Manchester, 27 - 30 June: Tony Blair's best legacy would be to ban smoking in public places, says BMA chairman

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:12
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    If Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, wants to leave a legacy for the public, the single most effective thing he could do to protect people's health is to ban smoking in all enclosed public places, Jim Johnson, chairman of the BMA, told the association's annual representative meeting in Manchester this week.

    “We are inching our way towards a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. Scotland is expected to pass its smoking ban legislation this week. Hurrah for Scotland. In England, the public consultation on proposed very imperfect legislation was launched a week ago. There is every indication that, given the right messages, …

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