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Mark Littlewood comments on the recommendations of the London Health Commission report

Commenting on recommendations from the London Health Commission report, such as smoke-free parks and mandatory traffic-light labelling on restaurant menus, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“This is an outrageous attack on personal freedom. Banning smoking in 40% of the capital is a slippery slope on the path to banning smoking altogether, which would lead to more smokers buying dangerous, black-market products containing high levels of chemicals.

“This raft of nanny-state initiatives will place strict controls on businesses and limit choice for consumers, likely pushing up prices for both. Politicians must avoid this sort of heavy-handed interference in the lives of ordinary Londoners, especially at a time when many are struggling with rising living costs.”

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