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Forest has responded angrily to weekend reports that the Chancellor may increase tobacco taxation to help reduce a £58 billion black hole in fuel and sin taxes.

Forest says the jury is still out following the publication of the Australian government's long-awaited post-implementation review (PIR).

Forest has launched a six-day ad blitz urging George Osborne to rethink the government's tobacco taxation policy.

More investment in tobacco control measures would be a "waste of taxpayers' money" says Forest.

Campaigners have urged the Government to abandon the annual increase in tobacco duty and "give law-abiding smokers a break".

Forest has welcomed the forthcoming closure of Public Health Action, formerly Smokefree South West.

Forest has criticised a call for governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use.

There has been an angry reaction to the news that smoking will be prohibited in council play parks, car parks and courtyards in Edinburgh.

Significant reduction in the number of smokers who joined the quit smoking challenge compared to last year.

Forest has accused ASH of "breathtaking hypocrisy" following claims that quitting smoking will lift people out of poverty.

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