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Public health body quits responsibility deal over government’s failure to act on tobacco and alcohol

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4590 (Published 16 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4590
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

An expert body is withdrawing from the government’s public health “responsibility deal,” saying that its “softly softly” approach of engaging with the industry has been ineffective.

The Faculty of Public Health said it was “dismayed” and “disappointed” that ministers would not now introduce a minimum price on a unit of alcohol or standardised tobacco packs.1

It said that such measures would have brought clear gains in public health and that it was the government’s duty to legislate where necessary to protect citizens’ health.

The faculty’s president, John Ashton, said there was no …

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