GREEN activists will kick-off a national anti-fluoridation campaign today following the recent passage of the Water Bill.

A national petition will be launched at a noon rally in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, organised by Manchester Against Fluoridation.

The petition calls for a halt to fluoridation plans on the grounds of human rights, serious health concerns and evidence that the efficacy of fluoridation has been “grossly exaggerated.”

A mass postcard campaign is also planned. Other tactics being considered include nonpayment of water bills. The campaign is supported by the Green Party and the National Pure Water Association.

Meanwhile, in Leeds, campaigners including the West Yorkshire Campaign Against Fluoridation will converge on Dortmund Square.

Manchester Green councillor Vanessa Hall said: “Everyone has the right not to be medicated against their will, but fluoridation takes away that right.

Fluoride is associated with a wide range of medical problems, including cancer, and the chemicals used for fluoridation are not pharmaceutical grade, but are a toxic industrial waste product, a part two poison under the Poisons Act 1972.”