Commenting on the BMJ paper on tobacco and health inequalities1, Dr Peter Maguire, the Deputy Chairman of the BMA's Board of Science, said:

"This paper backs up the BMA report, Booze, Fags and Food2 , and shows that the Government's plans for a partial ban will penalise the poor and worsen health inequalities.

"The only way forward is for the Government to follow the leadership shown by politicians in Scotland, Ireland and Norway and impose a complete ban on smoking in all public places in England and Wales.

"The BMA urges the Government not to delay in implementing this legislation."

1 press.psprings/bmj/august/smokingban.pdf

2 bma/ap.nsf/Content/boozefagsandfood

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