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Tobacco control community eyes next UK government to deliver smoke-free generation

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1253 (Published 06 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1253
  1. Hristio Boytchev
  1. The BMJ

Tobacco researchers and activists have voiced disappointment that the Tobacco and Vapes Bill failed to pass before the general election, but they expressed confidence that it will succeed under the next government.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, described the failure to pass the bill as “disheartening . . . for people affected by cancer, health professionals, and campaigners.”1 She added, “It’s vital that all parties commit in their manifestos to bring this bill back.”

Phil Chamberlain, deputy director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, told The BMJ, “I think a lot of people who had worked …

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