Forest news & comment
Fri 17th April, 2020
'The country is facing a genuine public health emergency. Let’s focus on that, not nannying folk to give up a legal habit many people enjoy.'
Wed 11th March, 2020
"Further increases in tobacco duty discriminate against those who are less well off," says Forest
Tue 10th March, 2020
Treasury must reject calls to reintroduce the tobacco tax escalator and close the gap in tax between hand-rolled tobacco and factory-made cigarettes says Forest.
Tue 18th February, 2020
Forest says campaigners must provide evidence that smoking outside is a threat to children's health before banning smoking in play parks and outdoor sports facilities.
Mon 17th February, 2020
Calls by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to ban smoking and vaping on hospital grounds are "stupid" and "unacceptable" says Forest.
Tue 8th October, 2019
Raising excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by a further 50 cents, with a pro-rata increase on other tobacco products, is a "massive own goal" says Forest Ireland.
Implying that smokers are a financial burden to society is "dishonest" and "economically illiterate" says Forest
Mon 30th September, 2019
Forest has criticised new data that allegedly shows smoking in England cost £12.5 billion in 2018.
Sat 28th September, 2019
Campaigners have reacted with fury to a call by Senator James Reilly to ban flavoured e-cigarettes in Ireland.
Tue 17th September, 2019
Campaigners have urged Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris to drop plans for a ban on the sale of tobacco products from self-service vending machines.
Mon 16th September, 2019
A poll of 2,057 adults conducted by Populus for the smokers’ group Forest found that only 30 per cent of adults in Great Britain think the ban on the display of tobacco in small and large shops has helped to reduce the number of children and young people who smoke.
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