Portsmouth health boss says smoke-free law is a success

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THE city’s public health chief has saluted the fourth anniversary of England’s smoke-free law.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for NHS Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council, believes the legislation introduced in July 2007, is already benefiting the nation’s health.

The smoke-free law was introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Dr Edmondson-Jones said: ‘I’ve no doubt this legislation has already had a massive impact in helping to improve the public health of the nation.’

Figures show that public support for the legislation remains high with 78 per cent of the population in favour of the law. Almost half of all smokers also support it.