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"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.

"Plain packaging is a declaration of war on consumers because the aim is to denormalise not just the product but also millions of adults who enjoy smoking."

Embattled smokers and opponents of plain packaging of tobacco will gather tonight at the Churchill War Rooms in Westminster.

Our reaction to European Court of Justice ruling that the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive is lawful.

Forest has urged local councils in the North West to review their funding of a regional anti-tobacco campaign group.

The next Scottish Government should review the smoking ban and allow designated smoking rooms in pubs and private members' clubs, says Forest.

Ten years after Scotland banned smoking in enclosed public places, a survey reveals that 54% would allow smoking rooms in pubs and clubs, with 40% opposed to the idea.

Forest has welcomed the news that the Public Health (Wales) Bill has been rejected by AMs.

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