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Smoking ban: bold measure to improve health

In response to the government's Tobacco and Vapes Bill, Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: 

‘The phased smoking ban has widespread backing from health and care organisations, and polling shows it’s supported by the majority of adults in England. Implementing the ban would be a crucial step forward in preventing burgeoning poor health in this country, saving lives and reducing health inequalities. 

‘This is exactly the sort of bold measure needed to improve the health of the nation, reduce pressure on the NHS and enable people to lead happier, healthier, more productive lives. I hope parliamentarians have the will to pass this potentially game-changing legislation.’

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