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Australia passes plain packaging laws

Thu 10th November, 2011

Australia is to become the first country to put cigarettes in plain packaging after the Senate passed a law banning brand labels on packs.

A council in England has introduced a no smoking policy at playgrounds and around its school gates.

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in the USA is urging smokers to swap their cigarettes for smokeless tobacco.

PM 'nervous' about car smoking ban

Wed 2nd November, 2011

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has distanced himself from plans to ban adults smoking in cars with children present.

Forest Eireann's 'Smokers' Manifesto' tour arrived in Dublin yesterday.

New Canadian research has found that not only are patients and staff ignoring hospital smoking bans, but the policies are also creating safety issues for patients.

While smoking remains legal, the number of smokers is never going to fall significantly, argues public health doctor in a letter to this week's British Medical Journal.

The latest issue of the British Medical Journal has a feature about the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign run by Forest.

The smoking ban has not had any appreciable effect on the number of smokers in Ireland, the chief medical officer at the Department of Health has said.

Call for higher taxes on cigarettes

Tue 18th October, 2011

Tobacco control campaigners have called for a one-euro tax increase on a packet of cigarettes in Ireland.

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