Responding to the vote by MPs today on a total ban of smoking in public and work places, The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:
'MPs have voted to save lives. We are delighted that they have decided to vote on this significant legislation which will protect millions from the effects of second-hand smoke and will help many smokers to quit.
'We welcome the news that those who live and work in England will be protected in the same way as other parts of the United Kingdom.
'It's been a good day for healthy lives - a bad day for a habit that kills.'
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- The King’s Fund issued a formal response to the Consultation on the Smoke free elements of the Health Improvement and Protection bill. Consultation response: the smoke-free elements of the Health Improvement and Protection Bill.
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