Smoking licences and cutting salt in food would reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1177
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    A former government adviser has said that a system of licensing on buying tobacco products and banning added salt in processed foods could help boost public health and reduce health inequalities in the UK population.

    Speaking at a Fabian Society forum that examined how to cut health inequalities over the next decade, Julian Le Grand, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics, said that although the costs of tackling public health problems were immediate, the benefits were realised only in the long term. As a result neither the public nor commissioning trusts saw public health as a priority. …

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