MPs ridicule proposed UK partial smoking ban

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:9
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    A Labour backbench rebellion may yet see smoking in public places fully banned in England, antismoking campaigners say. Their prediction follows an unprecedented savaging of the government's policy of a partial ban by the influential Commons health committee. The cross party group of MPs dismissed the current proposals, which would allow smoking to continue in all bars and clubs that do not serve food, as “unfair, unjust, inefficient, and unworkable.”

    By February, MPs will vote again on the Health Bill, which will introduce the partial ban, as it enters its final report stage in …

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