Colman MP wins praise from anti-smoking groups
Campaigning local MP Tony Colman has won praise this week from the country's
top anti-smoking pressure group. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
has congratulated Mr Colman over his call for urgent new laws to end
smoking in workplaces and public places.
Mr Colman is one of more than a hundred MPs to sign Early Day Motion
no 359, which calls for "the Government to introduce legislation on
passive smoking as a matter of urgency".The British Medical Association
estimates that more than one thousand people die prematurely in the
UK every year from the effects of passive smoking - that's at least
three people every day.
An estimated 3 million people became passive smokers at work, with those
working in bars and restaurants particularly at risk. Unions such as
the GMB have begun to win big payouts to workers made ill by second
hand smoking, and many more legal cases are believed to be in the pipeline.
the Government's Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson placed action
on second hand smoking as his top priority for improving public health.
He said that "major action to clear the air of cigarette smoke in workplaces
and public places would be the final brick in the wall". Smoke-free
laws have already been successfully introduced in New York and California.
ASH Director Deborah Arnott said:"I'm delighted that Tony Colman
MP is backing the call for new laws to end smoke-filled workplaces
and public places. Passive smoking is killing more than a thousand
people every year in Britain, and urgent action to stop this tragic
waste of life is long overdue. No-one chooses to have other people's
smoke blown in their face. No-one chooses to become ill from smoke,
just because they work in a restaurant or a bar. The tobacco lobby
has fought effective action against second hand smoking for years.
But MPs like Mr Colman MP will make sure that they do not get their
way for much longer."
Colman MP commented:"I'm backing the call for action on smoking in the
workplace. On average, at least three people die in the UK every day
from the effects of passive smoking. Employees need to be protected
from this major public health threat. Action on passive smoking will
also help cut the number of active smokers in the country, and hence
cut the tragic toll of death and disease that smoking brings in its
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