Is it a coincidence that, on the same day, Mrs Bottomley meets with the Select Committee on Health, which has undertaken an inquiry into the proposed EC directive on advertising tobacco?
Will the committee be in a position to advise Mrs Bottomley what line Britain should take on the directive on 13 November, when they will not have seen Dr Smee's report?
Will Dr Smee's report vary dramatically from the leaked version, which suggested that tobacco advertising bans can reduce levels of smoking by up to 5 per cent ('Children: victims of passive smoking', 13 October)?
Is the system working properly if vital evidence is not available to the Committee until just hours before (or even after?) they advise the Secretary of State?
How many of our children will die in years to come from tobacco disease because Britain continues to duck and dodge the issue of smoking and the health of this
King's College Hospital
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