New call for further smoking ban

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

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Related tags: Smoking, Cigarette, Royal college of physicians

Smoking ban: calls for extension
Smoking ban: calls for extension
The Royal College of Physicians has called for smoking in all private cars and outdoor spaces where children gather to be banned. Twenty of the...

The Royal College of Physicians has called for smoking in all private cars and outdoor spaces where children gather to be banned.

Twenty of the country's most senior doctors have put their names to a letter calling for the ban in today's Times​.

The signatories, including 13 presidents of medical royal colleges, urge the Government to bring in laws prohibiting all smoking in vehicles and in public places visited by young people such as parks and playgrounds.

The letter recommends a comprehensive strategy to cut adult smoking and children's smoke exposure outside and inside the home.

About two million children are exposed to cigarette smoke at home, with a child twice as likely to take up the habit if a close family member smokes.

Although it does not specifically mention pub gardens or outdoor areas the call is bound to increase trades fears that such a ban is on the agenda.

Related topics: Legislation

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