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“The war on smoking has become a war on ordinary people who just want to be left alone to live their lives as they choose.”

The suggestion that smokers who quit for six weeks or more are "happier than those who carry on smoking" has been dismissed as "laughably simplistic".

A new law banning smoking outside hospitals, schools and other outdoor areas in Wales from March 1, 2021, is "unnecessary" and "wrong" say campaigners.

Forest has urged the Irish government to abandon its target of making Ireland ‘tobacco free’ by 2025.

Increase in excise duty on tobacco is "another kick in the teeth" for smokers, says Forest Ireland.

An overwhelming majority of adults in Ireland think that purchasing cigarettes and tobacco from the black market or other countries is 'understandable' given the high cost of tobacco sold legally at home.

Forest Ireland has criticised calls to introduce a new tax on e-cigarettes and further increase the cost of cigarettes.

Campaigners react with fury to news that smoking shelters have been removed from the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Forest has criticised a move by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to ban smoking on the sidelines of children's football games in Wales.

Councils are dramatically overstepping statutory smokefree requirements, imposing draconian smoking and vaping bans on their own workforces and on outdoor public spaces.

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