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[UK] CLARK: Axe the tobacco tax escalator: Punitive taxation of smoking is just fuelling the black market

The chancellor has an opportunity to send a message that this government is not an advocate of a bully state that forces people to quit a legal product “for their own good”; nor one that deliberately impoverishes those who enjoy smoking and don’t want to
City A.M. (uk)
added Feb 15, 2016 14:36

[UK] Budget 2016: Anti-smoking restrictions lobby group Forest calls on chancellor George Osborne to avoid hiking tobacco duty in next month's Budget

Campaigners have warned George Osborne not to hike tobacco taxes in next month’s Budget, as they step up their fight to end automatic yearly increases to the levy on cigarettes. Forest, a lobby group which campaigns against measures to restrict smoking
City A.M. (uk)
added Feb 15, 2016 14:35

[Ireland] Car smoking ban "waste of time" and "unenforceable"

Responding to the announcement that from the start of the new year anyone caught smoking in a car with children present will face prosecution, John Mallon, spokesman for the smokers' group Forest Eireann, said: "Most smokers know smoking in a car with
Forest Éireann (ie)
added Dec 26, 2015 00:03

[UK] Smoking ban would "destroy" Brighton's liberal bohemian image

Pro-smoking group Forest spoke out as a city council consultation on proposals to bring in a voluntary ban on beaches and in parks came to an end. The council received about 1,500 responses to the 12 week consultation and will now begin analysing the fi
The Argus Brighton Hove and Sussex (uk)
added Oct 16, 2015 07:38
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[UK] Brighton beach smoking ban report delayed after flood of consultation responses

So many people responded to a consultation on a proposed smoking ban on Brighton and Hove’s beaches and parks that a report into what they said has been put back two months. More than 1,500 people took part in the consultation
Brighton and Hove News (uk)
added Oct 15, 2015 09:34

[UK] VIDEO: That BBC Breakfast interview

Here's my interview on BBC Breakfast yesterday. It was in response to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health (run by ASH) calling for another substantial hike in tobacco tax (inflation plus five per cent).
Taking Liberties (Simon Clark blog) (UK)
added Oct 15, 2015 08:19
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[UK-Wales] Swansea to consider smoking ban at parks, beaches and outside schools

Parks, beaches and even the school gate could now become smoking free zones in SwanseaParks, beaches and even the school gate could now become smoking free zones in Swansea
WalesOnline (uk)
added Oct 12, 2015 10:48
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[UK] New 'Smoke- Free Driving' Law – Significant Legal Change or a Load of Smoke Without Fire?

As straightforward as this new law seems to be, as usual, it throws up a few unexpected consequences. Take the example of a 17 year old boy. He can smoke alone in his vehicle perfectly legally, however as soon as his mother gets into the car, she, as a (uk)
added Sep 25, 2015 14:19

[UK] Council to ban staff smoking breaks

Nottinghamshire County Council has said its 9,000 employees will be barred from smoking during work time with the ban extending to e-cigarettes... Director Simon Clark says employers have "no business" prohibiting employees smoking outside working hours w
ITV Network Limited (uk)
added Sep 3, 2015 11:38
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[UK-Scotland] Hospital smoking ban plan 'petty', Holyrood committee told

Simon Clark from Forest made the remark while giving evidence to Holyrood's health committee. Hospitals have banned smoking in their grounds, but it is being flouted. Sheila Duffy, from anti-smoking group Ash Scotland, said in a 2014 survey, 73% of Scot
BBC Online
added Sep 2, 2015 15:21
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