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Campaigners have urged the government to keep an "open mind" on plain packaging of tobacco following the announcement of a consultation on draft regulations.

Campaigners against standardised packaging of tobacco today launched an online advertising campaign against the policy.

Forest is urging opponents of plain packaging to write to the prime minister declaring their opposition to the measure, which could be included in the Queen's Speech on June 4.

Forest says demands to raise taxes on tobacco are “deeply irresponsible” and will “play into the hands of criminal gangs”.

Important message to opponents of plain packaging from Forest director Simon Clark:

Forest events in June and July

Fri 16th May, 2014

Join us for three very different events with one common theme – alcohol and tobacco!

It's that time of year again when we invite you to join us for Smoke On The Water, Forest's popular annual boat party.

The smokers' group Forest Eireann has criticised the HSE's decision to ban e-cigarettes from hospitals and other health centres.

The number of people who use electronic cigarettes in the UK has tripled over the past two years to 2.1 million, according to a survey commissioned buy Action on Smoking and Health.

Forest has urged the government to keep an "open mind" on plain packaging legislation following an announcement by public health minister Jane Ellison.

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