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The smokers' group Forest has criticised the Government after MPs voted by a majority of 254 in favour of plain packaging of tobacco.

Campaigners opposed to plain packaging of tobacco products have rejected claims there is strong public support for the measure.

With MPs due to vote on plain packaging legislation this month, members of the public and representatives of some of Britain’s leading think tanks and campaign groups have spoken out against the measure.

According to a new poll commissioned by Forest, parliament should prioritise tackling immigration and terrorism, not plain packaging of cigarettes.

Campaigners have criticised a pilot scheme designed to stop people smoking in the open air.

IRELAND: A bill aimed at regulating the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes was launched in the Irish parliament today.

Opponents of plain packaging of tobacco have urged the government to publish the report on its 2014 consultation “promptly” and “without further delay”.

Forest has condemned the Government's decision to bring forward plain cigarette packaging legislation before end of this parliament.

Forest has urged the Scottish Government to reject proposals to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places and prohibit advertisements for "the fastest growing supermarket product of 2014".

Forest has described Public Health England's new anti-smoking campaign as "rotten", "poisonous" and an "abuse of public money".

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