MPs were today urged to vote for a outright ban on smoking in public places ahead of tomorrow's free vote on the smoking sections of the Health Bill.
MPs will have three options: a total ban of smoking in public and work places, a ban on smoking in all pubs but not private clubs, or a ban only in pubs serving food.
The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:
'MPs today have it in their power to save lives by voting for a full ban on smoking in all public and work places. This is the only acceptable way forward. Any compromise that enables private membership clubs to avoid the ban would be unfair on the people working in these clubs.
'With one in five deaths in the UK being attributed to smoking-related diseases each year, the evidence for the positive health benefits of a total smoking ban is overwhelming. A ban with exemptions goes against stated government policy to reduce smoking, and its policy on reducing health inequalities.'
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