Almost three million smokers in the UK are unaware that menthol flavoured cigarettes will be outlawed next week, according to a poll published today.
Legislation to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco is not fit for purpose, say campaigners. In a submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, the smokers’ group Forest Eireann argues plain packaging will not stop children smoking and
Campaigners opposed to plain packaging of tobacco have accused the government of ignoring the views of hundreds of thousands of people who opposed the policy in a public consultation. They also describe as “premature” the government’s decision to commission a
Campaigners at the tobacco lobby group, Forest, said consumers and retailers will have “mixed feelings” following this week’s European Parliament vote on the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). MEPs voted against a ban on slim
The campaign against EU proposals to outlaw menthol cigarettes, prohibit 10-packs and ban smaller pouches of roll-your-own tobacco has moved up a gear, according to smokers’ lobby group, Forest. It has upgraded its No Thank EU website so retailers
Smokers’ lobby group, Hands Off Our Packs, which is owned and managed by Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco), say it is “delighted” the government has abandoned moves to introduce plain packaging for tobacco in the UK.
Smokers’ lobby group Forest claims the Australian court ruling in favour of plain tobacco packaging will not affect its campaign against similar legislation in the UK. Forest, which runs the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, says plain packaging is an
A libertarian pressure group has declared its support for Hands Off Our Packs, which is leading the fight against the plain packaging of tobacco. Simon Richards, director of The Freedom Association, said: “Attempts to force plain packs on tobacco companies are yet
Smokers’ lobby group, Forest, is urging consumers and retailers to “defend Britain from excessive regulation” in the light of the proposed consultation on plain tobacco packaging. Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest, which runs the Hands Off Our Packs
Smokers’ group Forest has criticised the ban on the display of tobacco products which comes into force in large stores on Friday (6 April 2012). Simon Clark, director of Forest, said: “There is no justification for a display ban. There are tens
Opponents of plain packaging of tobacco have launched an online advertising campaign against the measure. The campaign was created by the smokers’ lobby group Forest to promote the Hands Off Our Packs initiative. It features a video, ‘Nanny Town’, plus a
The director general of a leading UK think-tank is backing a campaign opposing plain cigarette packaging and claims there is no evidence it will stop people smoking. Speaking at the launch of the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, organised by smokers’
Smokers’ lobby group Forest has launched a website that gives opponents of plain packaging of tobacco the opportunity to petition the Westminster government when it begins a UK-wide public consultation on the issue in the spring. The petition, says Forest, is in response
Children and young people are being hoodwinked by cigarette packaging, according to new research by the British Heart Foundation. The charity’s survey of 2,700 16-25 year-old smokers and non-smokers, found over 25% per cent of regular smokers believed one branded
TV chef and publican Antony Worrall Thompson has launched an e-petition calling on the government to review the smoking ban. The text of the petition is: “We petition the Government to review the impact of the smoking ban on pubs and
Smokers are increasingly discriminated against and persecuted, claims a new report funded by the pro-smoking lobby group, Forest. The report by Simon Davies of privacy advocacy group, Privacy International, warns legislation introduced for the protection of public health is being