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Experts call for smoking ban outside pubs and restaurants

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4429 (Published 17 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4429
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

New exclusion zones that ban smoking should be established outside pubs, restaurants, parks, and schools, public health experts have claimed.

The Royal Society for Public Health, an independent health education charity, published a report on 13 August1 in which it called for an extension to the public areas that already ban smoking, in the interests of everyone’s health. The society also called for much greater use of electronic (e) cigarettes by smoking cessation services, claiming that nicotine was “no more harmful to health than caffeine.”

In its report, Stopping Smoking by Using Other Sources of Nicotine, the society’s authors said that …

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