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Over 235,000 people have signed a petition against plain packaging of tobacco.

Forest is marking the fifth anniversary of the smoking ban in England by renewing its call for an amendment to the ban that would allow separate smoking rooms in pubs and private members’ clubs.

Smokers light up for freedom

Wed 27th June, 2012

Forest last night hosted a ‘Freedom Dinner’ to mark the fifth anniversary of the smoking ban in England.

Opponents of plain packaging of tobacco have launched an online video entitled Plain Packaging – No Minister!.

Launching the UK government's public consultation on plain packaging, health secretary Andrew Lansley said he had an "open" mind about the measure.

Big Tobacco campaigns on freedom

Sat 7th April, 2012

British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International are helping to fund an unconventional libertarian campaign, reports the FT.

Big Tobacco campaigns on freedom

Sat 7th April, 2012

British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International are helping to fund an unconventional libertarian campaign, reports the FT.

Smoking should no longer be considered an acceptable part of normal life, says Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

The government has launched a series of TV and radio ads that is said to show the dangers of "invisible secondhand smoke".

Offering free nicotine patches or intensive counselling to smokers does not help them quit, a study in the BMJ says.

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