Forest news & comment
Councils must prioritise help for local businesses not stop smoking services
Fri 29th May, 2020
Campaigners say councils should prioritise helping local businesses not stop smoking services.
Menthol cigarette ban is a "gross restriction on consumer choice that will do nothing to stop children smoking"
Tue 19th May, 2020
Prohibition: A bad idea that won't go away
Thu 14th May, 2020
Days before the ban on menthol cigarettes comes into force, a new paper from the smokers’ group Forest challenges the UK’s slide towards “creeping prohibition”.
Almost three million smokers unaware of menthol cigarette ban
Wed 13th May, 2020
Thirty-nine per cent of smokers in the UK are unaware that menthol flavoured cigarettes will be outlawed next week, according to a poll published today.
Forest slams call for new rules on smoking outside pubs and cafes if government relaxes lockdown regulations
Thu 7th May, 2020
Forest has criticised an MP who called for new rules on smoking if the government decides to relax the lockdown on pubs, cafes and restaurants with outside seating.
Menthol cig ban will hit smokers at the worst possible time says Forest
Tue 5th May, 2020
The imminent ban on menthol cigarettes has come at the worst possible time for smokers, says Forest
Forest Ireland: Now is NOT the time to lecture smokers and vapers about their lifestyle
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.'
Tobacco duty increases a "kick in the teeth" for poorer smokers
Wed 11th March, 2020
"Further increases in tobacco duty discriminate against those who are less well off," says Forest
Budget: Chancellor told to "stop punishing smokers"
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.
Banning smoking in play parks and outdoor sports facilities a "gross over-reaction"
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.
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