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Fri 3rd December, 2021

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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."

“If people choose not to smoke that’s fine but setting a target for a smoke-free Wales is a green light for politicians and campaigners who seem determined to regulate and control people’s lives.”

Forest has criticised a series of amendments tabled by Labour MP Mary Foy, chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, in response to the Government's Health and Care Bill.

"This is yet another attack on a group of consumers, many of whom are low paid workers, after a stressful 18 months during which many may have lost their jobs or been impoverished in other ways."

Campaigners have urged the government to "stop weaponising" tax in order to achieve a Smoke Free Ireland by 2025.

“If you can have sex at 16, join the army and drive a car at 17, you should be allowed to buy tobacco at 18."

Forest has criticised a call by a leading tobacco company for the UK government to ban cigarettes within ten years.

Anti-smoking group ASH Wales wants smoking to be banned in beer gardens to "protect children's health".

Forest has criticised plans by Breckland Council in Norfolk to prohibit smoking and vaping on all council-owned sites.

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