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Reports suggest Minister for Health Simon Harris will today ask for Cabinet approval for a proposal tabled by Fine Gael Senators.

Attempts to reduce the amount of smoking on TV and in films would be a “gross attack on artistic freedom” and a “worrying attempt to rewrite history”, says Forest.

Forest has criticised the opinion of a leading advisor to the European Court of Justice after he announced that the EU ban on the sale of snus, a smokeless tobacco pouch, is "valid".

"Why would any government want to undermine the future of a product that may encourage smokers to quit voluntary and without coercion?"

Forest has urged NHS Grampian to allow the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices on hospital grounds.

"As a mental health patient your independence is inevitably restricted. Banning smoking adds to the loss of autonomy."

A ban on smoking in al fresco dining areas would be "unfair and unreasonable" and will "do nothing to improve public health".

Forest has criticised proposals to extend smoke-free areas in Greater Manchester and introduce licensing of tobacco retailers.

Forest gives guarded welcome to Public Health England's latest declaration of support for e-cigarettes.

According to the results of a survey, one-in-five people in Ireland has less sympathy for people with lung cancer compared to people with other types of cancer.

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