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Election 2005
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Smokefree workplaces

Smoking is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and smokers are more than twice as likely to have a fatal heart attack than non-smokers.

There is also clear evidence that passive smoking increases the risk of developing heart disease.

For this reason, the BHF believes that there should be a ban in the UK on smoking in all workplaces.

Manifesto commitments on smoking in the workplace

Labour Party

The Labour Party manifesto proposes smokefree legislation to cover most workplaces including pubs that serve food. However, under the proposals, a high proportion of bar workers will continue to be unprotected.
Conservative PartyThe Conservative Party Manifesto says that “public health is important – it affects every family in our country” (page 13). However, the manifesto fails to mention smoking in public places specifially.
Liberal Democrats partyThe Liberal Democrat Party manifesto will be launched on Thursday 14 April. The Liberal Democrat Health team has previously supported an end to all smoking in workplaces.

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The heart health of workers in all communities must be protected.

The most important public health measure MPs can champion this year is to prioritise the introduction of comprehensive smokefree legislation.

The BHF calls on supporters to sign the ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) petition, which encourages the Labour Party to end smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places.

To sign the petition please click here

For further information on the BHF's policy on smoking in public places please
click here
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