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'Smokers treated like lepers' says Forest

Tue 6th March, 2012

Forest has rejected calls for more measures to reduce the number of smokers in Britain. 

Responding to the 50th anniversary of the first 'Smoking and health' report, published by the Royal College of Physicians, Simon Clark, director of Forest, said:

"Regrettably, since 1962 education has been replaced by coercion and smokers are now treated like lepers and vilified for their habit.

"Intolerance and scaremongering have replaced legitimate consumer information and common sense has given way to illiberal legislation designed to force people to give up a legal product.

"Adults have a right to make informed choices about smoking, eating and drinking."

The RCP has called for the price of tobacco and cigarettes to be put up, claiming that cigarettes are 50 per cent more affordable now than they were in 1965.

The group also wants "unnecessary" brand images for tobacco removed from films and TV programmes watched by children and young people, and supports a move towards plain packaging for tobacco.

Sources: Channel 4 NewsDaily Mail (6 March 2012)

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