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Council invests in tobacco firms while promoting anti-smoking (From This Is Local London)

Council invests in tobacco firms while promoting anti-smoking (From This Is Local London).

Local authorities throughout England now have new duties to improve public health.  Among their responsibilities are tobacco control and smoking cessation.  As this story about the London Borough of Merton shows, these new responsibilities conflict with pension fund investments in tobacco companies, in this case to the tune of over £5 million.

It is welcome that the Council leader has committed to review these investments.  He will hopefully be seeking the views of the Director of Public Health and take full account of the UK commitment to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the guidelines to which state that local authorities should not invest in tobacco companies.

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