Forest news & comment
Forest accuses Chancellor of being "heartless and cruel"
Wed 15th March, 2023
Forest has accused the Chancellor of being "heartless and cruel" after Jeremy Hunt increased cigarette duty by over 12%.
Budget: Forest calls for freeze on tobacco duty
Wed 8th March, 2023
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is being urged to freeze excise duty on tobacco in the forthcoming Budget after a poll found that almost two thirds of respondents believe the tax on tobacco is already "about right" or "too high".
Forest slams suggestion that Labour might ban sale of cigarettes to eradicate smoking
Sun 8th January, 2023
Forest has slammed the suggestion that a future Labour government could ban the sale of cigarettes to eradicate smoking by 2030.
Ban on sale or display of flavoured vapes to "protect" children would be "massive own goal" says Forest
Mon 26th December, 2022
“Adults like flavours too so restricting their choice of vapes is not only illiberal, it could be counter-productive in terms of public health."
New Zealand: Banning sale of cigarettes to new generations "absurd" says Forest
Tue 13th December, 2022
“Banning younger adults from buying cigarettes legally won’t stop people smoking. It will merely drive the sale of cigarettes underground.”
Ireland: Tobacco tax hike "unforgivable" says Forest
Thu 27th October, 2022
Budget 2023: Forest Ireland responds to the 50c increase in the price of cigarettes.
Ireland: Forest slams call to raise age of sale of tobacco to 21
Mon 12th September, 2022
Forest Ireland has criticised a call by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to increase the minimum legal age for buying tobacco to 21.
Banning smoking outside hospitals "discriminates against elderly and infirm"
Mon 5th September, 2022
A law that bans smoking outside hospital buildings discriminates against the elderly and the infirm, says Forest
Smokers in Northern Ireland must not be discriminated against, says Forest
Fri 1st July, 2022
"If flavoured heated tobacco products are available in the rest of the UK, smokers in Northern Ireland must have that choice too."
Campaigners condemn "creeping" prohibition" of tobacco
Thu 9th June, 2022
Forest has condemned a proposal to raise the age of sale of tobacco as “creeping prohibition”.
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