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MPs from the three main political parties have joined forces and will co-host a reception at the House of Commons to support an amendment to the smoking ban.

Forest has criticised the extension of New York City’s smoking ban to the city’s parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas.

The price of cigarettes in Scotland could soar if the Scottish parliament wins control of alcohol and tobacco taxes. If given the new powers by Westminster, it is believed the SNP government would significantly raise prices for cigarettes and high-strength, low-cost beers and ciders.

A legal challenge to a ban on tobacco vending machines in Scotland has been rejected by the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Peter Hitchens, Toby Young, Oscar-winning screenwriter Sir Ronald Harwood and David Davis MP are just four of the speakers taking part in The Free Society’s Voices of Freedom series of debates in London in June.

The Government should intervene to save Ireland’s pubs, says Forest Eireann, the smoker’s lobby group. The call comes on the back of new data showing a dramatic decline in employment in the pub trade.

Senior doctors have protested to the BBC about an article on its website entitled How to roll a perfect cigarette which they claim encourages smoking.

Patients banned from smoking at a mental hospital in Milton Keynes have won the right to launch a unique High Court test case.

"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.

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