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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.

A law that bans smoking outside hospital buildings discriminates against the elderly and the infirm, says Forest

"If flavoured heated tobacco products are available in the rest of the UK, smokers in Northern Ireland must have that choice too."

Forest has condemned a proposal to raise the age of sale of tobacco as “creeping prohibition”.

Forest has rejected the claim that smokers cost society £17 billion a year, £5 billion more than previously estimated.

"Smokers know all about oppressive regulations so let their experience of the slippery slope and creeping prohibition be a warning to everyone who values individual liberty."

News that the HSE is to 'consider a complete ban on the sale of tobacco and a sharp reduction in the number of outlets allowed to sell tobacco products ... to help eradicate cigarette smoking in Ireland' has been condemned by Forest Ireland.

Plans to ban the sale of tobacco to people born after 2008 in New Zealand have been described as "absurd" and "illiberal" by smokers' rights campaigners.

Forest has welcomed reports that the Cabinet has rejected a plan by health secretary Sajid Javid to ban smoking in pavement areas outside pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Minister for Health: "There is currently a dearth of evidence to indicate that a measure preventing the sale of packs of more than 20 cigarettes would impact on consumption or prevalence."

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