Letters Public health advances

Concerns about tobacco control

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7294 (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7294
  1. Tom Yates, doctor1,
  2. Martin McKee, professor of European public health2,
  3. Kate E Pickett, professor of epidemiology3,
  4. Martin Dockrell, director, policy and research4,
  5. Anna Gilmore, professor of public health, Health Foundation clinician scientist, and honorary consultant in public health medicine51,
  6. Gerard Hastings, professor of social marketing, and director6,
  7. Alan Maryon-Davis, honorary professor of public health7,
  8. Alexander Macara, former chairman of council8
  1. 1Medact, London N1 6HT, UK
  2. 2European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1H 9SH, UK
  3. 3Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
  4. 4ASH Action on Smoking and Health, London E1 6JE
  5. 5Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
  6. 6Institute for Social Marketing and the Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Stirling and the Open University, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
  7. 7Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London School of Medicine, London SE1 3QD, UK
  8. 8BMA, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  1. thomas.yates{at}medsci.ox.ac.uk

In discussing whether the UK is turning the clock back on public health advances,1 the fact that the coalition government is considering mandatory plain brown packets for cigarettes is encouraging.2 However, this move, which may get held up in the courts, must not delay implementing …

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