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US tobacco companies have defeated a lawsuit by hospitals seeking compensation for treating patients with smoking-related illnesses.

China's 300 million smokers are now banned from smoking in public places indoors, such as hotels, restaurants and bars. However, smoking in the office is still allowed.

Prisons and hotel 'cigar rooms' are among a handful of exemptions to the smoking ban that was voted for by an overwhelming majority of Hungarian MPs this week.

The number of cigarettes smokers may bring back from Europe without attracting questions from Customs officials is to be cut by more than two-thirds.

The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it plans to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and won’t try to regulate them under stricter rules for drug-delivery devices.

By 2020 smoking could be banned in every office, restaurant and bar in the USA, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cigar smokers in America are seeking the right to be allowed to light up in some enclosed public places.

Smokers who light up in their cars while travelling with children could face fines of up to £200 under proposals by the Scottish Labour party.

New smoking shelters have been built at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton after a blanket ban on cigarettes failed to stop patients and visitors smoking on hospital grounds.

Is smoking still defensible?

Thu 7th April, 2011

Four years on from the smoking ban, it's a surprise to find the pro-cigarette lobby in such rude health, writes Nick Duerden in the Independent.

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