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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICERS JOIN SMOKING CONTROVERSY DEBATE

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The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has joined 18 other public health organisations in expressin...
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has joined 18 other public health organisations in expressing concern over health secretary John Reid's comment claiming that poorer people regard smoking as one of the few pleasures they have access to.

Graham Jukes, CIEH chief executive, said:

'While the government needs to be commended on the many improvements it has driven in the public health arena, the secretary of state's comments are unfortunate and badly timed.

'The government is currently consulting on a new public health white paper and only last week the prime minister indicated that he was considering a ban on smoking in all public places.

'For the CIEH, the argument is not about anyone's right to damage their own health, but to have smoke free work and public places. We believe that everyone has the right to a safe work environment and to have their health protected in public places.

'The CIEH will continue to lobby for a national ban on smoking in all work and public places as an essential public health measure.'

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