Chief Medical Officer makes unanswerable case for smoking ban, but more cohesion around sexual health needed, says The King's Fund

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Responding to today's launch of the Chief Medical Officer's annual report on the state of public health, The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:

'The Chief Medical Officer has spoken - now it's time for ministers to listen. Sir Liam Donaldson's thoughtful and well argued report makes an unanswerable case for a ban on smoking in public places and workplaces. He effectively dismisses the suggestion that banning smoking would harm profits in the hospitality and leisure industries and this is to be welcomed.

'But we are concerned about the lack of cohesion with other health announcements. For example, there is a lot about HIV in the report but nothing on the sharp rise of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, which was highlighted today by the Health Protection Agency. We would like to see more joined up messages here.'

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