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Partial smoking ban would worsen health inequalities

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:362
  1. Geraint H Lewis, specialist registrar in public health (,
  2. David C Osborne, specialist registrar in public health,
  3. Tim J B Crayford, director of public health,
  4. Adrian C Brown, specialist registrar in public health
  1. Department of Public Health, Croydon PCT, Leon House, Croydon CR0 9XT
  2. South-East London Strategic Health Authority, London SE1 7NT

    EDITOR—Several studies have shown that in small areas—such as across a local authority—a partial smoking ban would be likely to increase health inequalities. We present what we believe is the first evidence that this is indeed the case across England as a whole.

    We generated a random sample of 500 pubs from a national commercial database of 36 586 English pubs, bars, and …

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