Complied by leading experts in the field and based on extensive research, this report addresses the serious consequences of passive smoking in the UK. It appraises the health impacts and policy options for preventing passive smoke exposure in the home, at work and in public places.
The authors conclude that the only effective and morally defensible means of protecting workers and the public from passive smoke effects is to enact comprehensive legislation to make all workplaces and public places smoke-free. However, the report also outlines the wider implications and benefits of comprehensive smoke-free policy as a means of reducing the prevalence of smoking, and of preventing passive smoking by children and other vulnerable groups in the home.
Preventing smoking remains the greatest health priority in the UK. Effective measures to prevent passive smoking are vital to the public health response. Going smoke-free: the medical case for clean air in the home, at work and in public places explains what needs to be done, and why.
Smoke-free legislation will save lives, reduce health inequalities and improve public health. Introducing comprehensive smoke-free legislation should be a public health priority for the UK.
The report can be purchased or downloaded as a pdf.