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"Osama bin Laden's hatred of western decadence is well-documented," says the Daily Telegraph, "but according to villagers close to where he was shot dead earlier this week, it seems he included smoking as one of its vices."

Passengers at Belfast International Airport have to pay £1 if they want to smoke a cigarette before boarding their flight.

A leading tobacco manufacturer has launched a new smokers’ website which provides consumers with details of bars, cafes and restaurants with smoking areas in Spain.

US tobacco companies have defeated a lawsuit by hospitals seeking compensation for treating patients with smoking-related illnesses.

China's 300 million smokers are now banned from smoking in public places indoors, such as hotels, restaurants and bars. However, smoking in the office is still allowed.

Prisons and hotel 'cigar rooms' are among a handful of exemptions to the smoking ban that was voted for by an overwhelming majority of Hungarian MPs this week.

The number of cigarettes smokers may bring back from Europe without attracting questions from Customs officials is to be cut by more than two-thirds.

The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it plans to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and won’t try to regulate them under stricter rules for drug-delivery devices.

By 2020 smoking could be banned in every office, restaurant and bar in the USA, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cigar smokers in America are seeking the right to be allowed to light up in some enclosed public places.

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