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Total smoking ban best way to narrow health gap between rich and poor, MPs told

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7523.985-a (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:985
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Doctors have warned MPs that anything less than a full ban on smoking in public places is unacceptable if the country is to fight the deadly effects of secondhand smoke.

    Representatives of the Royal College of Physicians, giving evidence last week to the health select committee, underlined the futility of the government's plan for partially banning smoking.

    Speaking at the first evidence session of the committee inquiry into smoking in public places, doctors said nothing but a full ban would be good enough to help prevent strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic bronchitis. …

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