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'I wouldn’t encourage anyone to light a cigarette in a car with children, out of courtesy if nothing else, but a ban is out of all proportion to the problem."

Former government minister Greg Knight says he wants to see smokers allowed to light up again on licensed premises.

The anti-smoking group ASH has been ridiculed by a leading online magazine after an attempt to stifle debate about smokers' rights went pear-shaped.

Smokers are a new persecuted minority, according to a new report by privacy campaigners.

An academic review of the smoking ban commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) earlier this year has been criticised as “narrow and selective” by Imperial Tobacco.

Call to ban smoking in cars

Fri 1st July, 2011

On the BBC Radio Scotland phone-in, presenter Kaye Adams asks if we should get tougher on passive smoking. Programme features Simon Clark, director of Forest.

Delegates at the British Medical Association's annual conference have called for a ban on smoking in cars.

A ten minute rule bill to ban adults from smoking in private vehicles where children are present has been criticised by Conservative MP Philip Davies.

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents is demanding a formal investigation into the conduct of the public health minister in charge of the tobacco display ban.

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