A report in today's Daily Telegraph, within their "In Brief" section, is a precis of this article, published two days ago.
Despite there being limited evidence that smoking before conception leads to seriously damaged sperm, some primary care trusts (PCTs) are raising the bar by insisting that where couples apply for IVF on the NHS, the man must pass a no-smoking test.
I am unable to find anything on the Department of Health website on this policy - so who made the decision and by/with what authority? If there is only limited evidence that smoking before conception leads to seriously damaged sperm, then this cannot be a 'medical decision' - more possibly one based on ideology?
Or maybe those that made the decision are also involved in this private clinic?