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Forest has criticised MPs who want the government to publish a new Tobacco Control Plan "without further delay".

Prime minister Theresa May urged to “restore fairness” to the nation’s seven million smokers.

Forest has slammed Aberdeenshire Council's new smoke-free policy that prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes on all council sites.

Only one prosecution since was smoking in cars with children was banned a year ago shows law was "unnecessary" and "unenforceable".

Banning smoking in public parks and play areas would be "unwarranted", "Orwellian" and a "gross over-reaction" say campaigners.

Forest has criticised the use of taxpayers' money to promote an anti-smoking campaign on Facebook.

Forest has criticised plans to make the streets around Birmingham Children's Hospital a smoke free zone

"The BMA has taken leave of its senses. E-cigarettes are often used by smokers who are trying to quit."

Forest has urged public health minister Jane Ellison to "politely decline" an award she has been given by the World Health Organisation to mark World No Tobacco Day.

Forest calls on government to put the interests of legitimate retailers and consumers ahead of the demands of the tobacco control industry.

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