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Netherlands proposes tougher antismoking laws

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1440

The Dutch cabinet has proposed tougher antismoking legislation amid criticism from doctors and members of parliament about delay. In 1995, 39% of men and 31% of women smoked, an increase of 3% and 2% over the figures for 1994, which puts smoking back at the same level as in 1990. It is estimated that in 1992 nearly 30 000 deaths—almost one in four—were caused by smoking.

The proposals include developing cigarette vending …

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