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City council considers adults only certificate for films featuring smoking

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3379 (Published 18 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3379
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    Liverpool City Council is considering giving films that have characters who smoke an “18+” certificate.

    In some parts of the city between 40% and 50% of adults smoke, twice the national prevalence in England of 22%. Local health officials say that the proposal is part of a series of public health measures that the city has championed for its smoke-free Liverpool strategy. In 2004 the city voted for a ban on smoking in public, but this was overtaken by national legislation in July 2007.

    The national British Board of Film Classification awards films …

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