No ban on smoking in British parks

July 29th, 2010 - 12:41 am ICT by IANS  

London, July 28 (IANS) Smoking in parks and cars will not be banned in Britain as the government has decided against the planned review of anti-tobacco laws.
“We have studied the smoke-free legislation and decided not to proceed with the planned review, because we feel the legislation is working,” The Daily Telegraph quoted Public Health Minister Anne Milton as saying Wednesday.

In March, 20 senior doctors called for a sweeping extension to anti-smoking laws, urging the government to prohibit smoking in vehicles and public places visited by children like parks and playgrounds.

The Royal College of Physicians’ Tobacco Advisory Group argued that while banning smoking in enclosed public places had been highly effective, there were “still gaps that needed to be closed”. Its report warned that 9,500 children had to be admitted to hospital every year due to passive smoking.

Forest, the smokers’ lobby group, described the proposal as “unacceptable”.

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