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European Commission urges countries to introduce ban on smoking in public places

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2694
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    European Union governments are being urged to follow the example of the United Kingdom and Ireland and impose a wide ranging smoking ban within the next three years.

    The call is coming from the European Commission, which has adopted a recommendation requesting firm national measures to protect citizens from tobacco smoke.

    Announcing the new anti-tobacco campaign, the EU health commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, said: “There is a wave of support from the general public and we will work with member states to make this a reality.”

    According to a pan-European Eurobarometer survey, 84% of …

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