Letter: Government ignores cigarette advertising's sad results

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Sir: This week a Private Member's Bill aimed at banning the advertising of tobacco products is to be debated. The chief economic adviser to the Department of Health has shown that a ban would save more than 4,000 lives a year. This is about the same number of people as are killed on the roads each year.

If this government has any compassion at all, surely it cannot refuse to introduce this legislation.

Yours sincerely,




9 February

The writer is Emiritus Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine, Queens University of Belfast.