Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Society Dinner in Wales

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Society Dinner in Wales

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SOCIETY

The Society hosted a dinner in Cardiff on 13 June which welcomed Dr Tony Jewell, the new Chief Medical Officer for Wales, as the event's Guest of Honour and gave him the opportunity to set forward his vision for the future of Welsh public health.

The event, at Cardiff's Park Plaza Hotel, was attended by Welsh Assembly Members and government officials, leading health professionals and representatives from universities, pharmaceutical companies and voluntary organisations.

In his speech Dr Jewell, who was appointed in April 2006, talked about the Health Challenge Wales initiative and the 'distinctive approach' taken by the government in partnership with other organisations in confronting key public health issues such as smoking, alcohol and obesity.

He said he welcomed the imminent ban of smoking in enclosed public places as 'an essential part of health promotion' but insisted that much more needs to be done to combat the problem, and drew on worrying evidence of many young Welsh women smoking during pregnancy to illustrate his point.

He added: 'It is 50 years since Doll and Hill discussed the health effects of smoking, and that is a long time in public health. …

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