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"Prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to future generations of adults won't stop people smoking. It will simply drive the sale of cigarettes underground and into the hands of criminal gangs."

Our response to a report that the Government is preparing to announce a ban on the sale of disposable vapes

Forest slams proposal to ban smoking in licensed pavement areas outside pubs and restaurants

"The best way to reduce underage sales of e-cigarettes is to insist on proof of age verification at the point of sale, and impose stiff penalties on retailers who break the law by selling vapes to anyone under 18."

Cork-based consumer group criticises Cork County Council after councillors supported a motion to ban the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants.

“Education is always better than coercion so we’re pleased the government appears to favour the carrot not the stick approach to smoking cessation."

“The answer to the problem of children vaping is not to ban a product adults enjoy but to crack down on retailers who are breaking the law and selling e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.”

Forest has accused the Chancellor of being "heartless and cruel" after Jeremy Hunt increased cigarette duty by over 12%.

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 has slammed the suggestion that a future Labour government could ban the sale of cigarettes to eradicate smoking by 2030.

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