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USA: A judge in Washington has ruled that a federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic health warnings on their products is a violation of free speech.

Forest's Hands Off Our Packs campaign got off to a rousing start in London last night.

The health minister for New South Wales in Australia has announced plans to introduce sweeping new restrictions on outdoor smoking.

A free market think tank has published a report arguing that plain packaging of tobacco will do nothing for public health and is "profoundly illiberal".

One of Scotland's biggest companies has banned employees from “smoking” electronic cigarettes at their desks.

Not smoking will improve your chances of a hot date on Valentine's Day, says the Department of Health.

A collection of discarded cigarette packets by trading standards officers in Lincolnshire has raised fears about counterfeit cigarettes.

A study by academics in New Zealand has been criticised after it based its conclusions on interviews with just 13 people.

Hands Off Our Packs, which will be launched officially later this month, will be led by Angela Harbutt who worked in the television broadcast industry for 20 years.

The Welsh Government may relax the smoking ban in Wales to allow actors to smoke on film and television sets.

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