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Councils in the UK are planning to ban smoking in parks, using the government's new Localism Bill to fine smokers.

A leading tobacco company says the Australian government's plain-packaging timetable will cause a national tobacco shortage.

The rate of adult smoking in California has dropped sharply over the last two decades, reaching its lowest level on record, say officials.

Citizens who responded to a public consultation on possible revisions to the EC's Tobacco Products Directive have voted overwhelmingly against further tobacco controls.

A spokesman for smokers’ lobby group Forest Éireann has described a potential ban on smoking in cars in Ireland as “nonsense and unnecessary”.

Over one hundred people have attended a protest against plans to ban smoking in open places in a Buckinghamshire town.

'I wouldn’t encourage anyone to light a cigarette in a car with children, out of courtesy if nothing else, but a ban is out of all proportion to the problem."

Former government minister Greg Knight says he wants to see smokers allowed to light up again on licensed premises.

The anti-smoking group ASH has been ridiculed by a leading online magazine after an attempt to stifle debate about smokers' rights went pear-shaped.

Smokers are a new persecuted minority, according to a new report by privacy campaigners.

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