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Forest has criticised the opinion of a leading advisor to the European Court of Justice after he announced that the EU ban on the sale of snus, a smokeless tobacco pouch, is "valid".

"Why would any government want to undermine the future of a product that may encourage smokers to quit voluntary and without coercion?"

Forest has urged NHS Grampian to allow the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices on hospital grounds.

"As a mental health patient your independence is inevitably restricted. Banning smoking adds to the loss of autonomy."

A ban on smoking in al fresco dining areas would be "unfair and unreasonable" and will "do nothing to improve public health".

Forest has criticised proposals to extend smoke-free areas in Greater Manchester and introduce licensing of tobacco retailers.

Forest gives guarded welcome to Public Health England's latest declaration of support for e-cigarettes.

According to the results of a survey, one-in-five people in Ireland has less sympathy for people with lung cancer compared to people with other types of cancer.

Forest defends councils that have reduced spending on smoking cessation services while investing in tobacco companies.

Forest has welcomed a report that studied the risk of using heat-not-burn tobacco products.

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