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Councils are dramatically overstepping statutory smokefree requirements, imposing draconian smoking and vaping bans on their own workforces and on outdoor public spaces.

Forest has criticised a move by Manchester City Council to ban smoking in new seating areas outside pubs, bars and restaurants.

Campaigners and proprietors have reacted with alarm to proposals to ban smoking outside pubs, cafes and restaurants,

Forest has condemned a move to ban smoking outside pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Forest told Scotland's chief medical officer to stop fuelling "unwarranted fears" about smoking and vaping after he urged retailers to stop shoppers smoking or vaping in queues outside shops.

Campaigners say councils should prioritise helping local businesses not stop smoking services.

Days before the ban on menthol cigarettes comes into force, a new paper from the smokers’ group Forest challenges the UK’s slide towards “creeping prohibition”.

Thirty-nine per cent of smokers in the UK are unaware that menthol flavoured cigarettes will be outlawed next week, according to a poll published today.

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