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Forest is to launch a campaign that will give opponents of plain packaging of tobacco a chance to have their say.

Artist David Hockney, a member of Forest's Supporters Council, has criticised a leading anti-smoking activist who wants tobacco sold in plain packaging.

Should cigarettes have plain packets?

Fri 27th January, 2012

Yes, says Maura Gillespie of the British Heart Foundation. No, says Simon Clark, director of Forest.

The British Lung Foundation has launched an online pledge to encourage adults to commit to keeping their cars smoke-free when children are passengers.

Smoker costs landlady £80 fine

Thu 19th January, 2012

A Lowestoft publican has been fined after health and safety officers caught a person smoking inside her pub.

Legislation to ban smoking in public places has failed to convince smokers a quit, according to a new survey.

Campaigners are calling for "glamorous" packaging on cigarettes to be replaced by plain packets with larger health warnings.

A ban on the display of tobacco products in large stores in Scotland could be delayed for three years due to a legal challenge.

US mayor vetoes smoking ban

Sun 15th January, 2012

USA – The mayor of Vermont's largest city has vetoed an outdoor smoking ban in downtown Burlington.

USA – Chicago's seven City Colleges have voted to ban the use of all tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, on college property.

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