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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.

Outdoor smoking bans are driven by council officials and public health bodies rather than in response to health risks or public demand, says a new report.

Forest has slammed proposals to extend the smoking ban to outdoor areas including beaches, parks and 'historic' squares

Opponents of the new law banning smoking in cars with children say the legislation is "unnecessary", "unenforceable" and will "stigmatise millions of decent men and women".

Forest comes out fighting on the implementation of the EU's revised Tobacco Products Directive.

Do you agree that the use of e-cigarettes should be banned in enclosed public and work places in Wales? No.

Forest has reacted cautiously to calls for e-cigarettes to be made available to smokers via the NHS.

Forest has welcomed the Royal Society for Public Health's announcement that "nicotine is no more harmful to health than caffeine" but has warned the Society that smokers will not tolerate being forced to quit combustible cigarettes in favour of other nicotine delivery systems.

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