BMA calls for smoking ban in all workplaces

The
British Medical Association (BMA) has called on the Government to make all
workplaces smoke free.

In
the UK, 3 million workers are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke and around
1.3 million are exposed to second-hand smoke at least 75 per cent of the time,
according to the BMA.

Workers
in lower socio-economic groups run the greatest risk of exposure.

Dr
Peter Maguire, deputy chairman of the BMA Board of Science, told delegates at
the BMA’s annual conference in Llandudno, that the ban on smoking in public
places in Ireland has not affected business.

"The
British Government needs to have courage and follow the lead of Ireland, New
York and Norway," he said.

By Michael Millar

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