"Tobacco is not an illegal substance yet the government is persecuting a minority. I think that's a disgrace in a social democracy."
Sir Ronald Harwood,
Playwright and screenwriter
The Scottish Government is to back a bill banning smoking in cars with children.
Health workers should be judged on their ability to do their job, not on whether they smoke, drink or are overweight, say campaigners.
Responding to the news that peers have approved plans for standardised packaging of tobacco, Forest described the process as a "sham".
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”.
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