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Smoking in public places

2 February 2006

Jennette Arnold AM who led the London Assembly's investigation into smoking in public places said:

"More people die as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke at work than all other industrial accidents combined. Around 600 workers die every year from passive smoking related diseases - the number who die from other accidents at work is around 230 per year.
A total ban on smoking in the workplace provides the best possible protection for staff and customers alike against the known health hazards of exposure to second-hand smoke. The Government has recognised that public support has continued to grow for all workplaces to be smoke-free including bars and clubs. The latest MORI poll for the Greater London Authority found that 73 percent of Londoners back such a move, compared to 65 percent last year."


Notes to Editors

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