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Campaigners have criticised a pilot scheme designed to stop people smoking in the open air.

IRELAND: A bill aimed at regulating the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes was launched in the Irish parliament today.

Opponents of plain packaging of tobacco have urged the government to publish the report on its 2014 consultation “promptly” and “without further delay”.

Forest has condemned the Government's decision to bring forward plain cigarette packaging legislation before end of this parliament.

Forest has urged the Scottish Government to reject proposals to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places and prohibit advertisements for "the fastest growing supermarket product of 2014".

Forest has described Public Health England's new anti-smoking campaign as "rotten", "poisonous" and an "abuse of public money".

Campaigners have slammed a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority to ban two e-cigarette television advertisements that feature a woman exhaling vapour.

Prohibiting smoking in cars with children is "unnecessary", "excessive" and a "gross intrusion on people's privacy", says Forest.

Campaigners have urged the Government to abandon plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco.

A leading industry publisher has called for more groups like Forest "to voice their support for smokers/vapers' rights".

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