Councils invest in tobacco while helping smokers quit


The job of helping smokers give up their habit will pass from the NHS to councils in April, which raises questions as some local authority workers' pensions invest in tobacco stocks.

Tom Turrell crunched the numbers from the West Midlands region, where its councils have invested around £130m in cigarette firms.

He spoke to Prof Rod Griffiths, a former West Midlands director of public health, and to Cllr Adrian Hardman who leads Worcestershire County Council.


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