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New Labour government must reintroduce Tobacco and Vapes Bill in next parliamentary session

BMJ 2024; 386 doi: (Published 07 July 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;386:q1483

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Phasing out smoking will help Labour narrow life expectancy gap, say doctors

  1. Nick Hopkinson, chair and professor1 2,
  2. Sarah Woolnough, chief executive3,
  3. Jeanette Dickson, chair of council4,
  4. Mike Richards, chair5,
  5. Carol Black, chair6,
  6. Mark Rowland, chief executive7,
  7. Linda Bauld, director8
  8. On behalf of 1409 doctors, academics, nurses, and other health professionals
  1. 1Action on Smoking and Health, London, UK
  2. 2National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, Royal Brompton Hospital Campus, London, UK
  3. 3King’s Fund, London, UK
  4. 4Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, London, UK
  5. 5UK National Screening Committee, London, UK
  6. 6Centre for Ageing Better, London, UK
  7. 7Mental Health Foundation, London, UK
  8. 8SPECTRUM Consortium, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. n.hopkinson{at}

We urge the Labour government to put reintroduction of the Tobacco and Vapes Bill1 and publication of its roadmap to a smoke-free Britain2 front and centre when it sets out its priorities for the parliamentary session in the King’s speech.

The last Labour government launched Smoking Kills, the first cross-government tobacco control plan, a year after coming to power in 1997.3 This drove substantial declines in smoking among adults4 and children5 after two decades when little or no …

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