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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.

Forest has attacked the Chancellor's decision to increase tobacco duty by five per cent above inflation from tonight.

Health expert "shocked" to witness members of the National Theatre cast smoking in character.

This year's No Smoking Day has caused barely a ripple in the news pages, writes Katy Stoddard on the Guardian blog.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley says he is proud that the UK will be the first country in Europe to consult on plain packaging.

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