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MPs ask about conflict between aims of Public Health England and government policy

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7004
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The leaders of England’s public health agency seem to be opposed to the government’s current reluctance to take specific steps on cutting smoking and alcohol consumption.

Standardised packaging of tobacco products could be the “next important step” in reducing the prevalence of smoking, the head of Public Health England told MPs on the parliamentary health select committee during an evidence session on 19 November.

However, the Department of Health announced in July that it wanted to wait for more evidence on the effects of such packaging on tobacco consumption before deciding whether to adopt the policy.1

MPs on the Health Committee were quizzing top officials of Public Health …

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