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Smoking campaign group slams 'outrageous' proposals

The director of Forest, a group that campaigns on behalf of smokers, has called proposals to ban smoking at some London landmarks and parks "outrageous".

A ban on smoking in parks and squares would be outrageous. There's no health risk to anyone other than the smoker. If you don't like the smell, walk away.

Tobacco is a legal product. If the Chief Medical Officer doesn't like people smoking in front of children she should lobby the government to introduce designated smoking rooms in pubs and clubs so adults can smoke inside in comfort.

The next thing you know we'll be banned from smoking in our own gardens in case a whiff of smoke travels over the fence.

– simon clark, director, forest

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Smoking in cars ban would 'reduce health conditions'

Banning smoking in cars when children are present would reduce the number of youngsters suffering from second-hand smoke related health conditions, the Welsh health minister has said.

Our aim is to protect the health of children and young people from the harm associated with exposure to second-hand smoke when travelling in private vehicles.

Changing the law would protect children from the health harms associated with exposure to second-hand smoke in private vehicles, encourage action by smokers to protect children from second-hand smoke and lead to a reduction in health conditions in children caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

– Mark Drakeford

Wales considering banning smoking in cars

A ban on smoking in cars with children in England was backed by MPs in February.

Smokers in Wales who spark up in their car while travelling with an under-18 passenger could soon face a £50 fine, according to the Welsh Government.

A six week consultation on plans to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers caught with a cigarette in their hand was launched today.

The Welsh Government says the ban would protect children from toxic second hand smoke.

"Some people light up in their cars without thinking and believe that opening the window will help disperse the smoke; however it simply blows back into the car," said Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

"Children cannot escape from the toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke when travelling in vehicles."

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E-cigarette warnings 'baseless nonsense'

The director of one of the UK's biggest e-cigarette companies has called warnings about health problems associated with the products are "baseless nonsense".

Charles Hamshaw-Thomas, legal and corporate affairs director at E-Lites, said:

""Study after study is showing that scaremongering that e-cigarettes are luring people into tobacco is baseless nonsense. The reverse is going on - smokers are switching into e-cigarettes as the way to reduce the harm from tobacco."

E-cigarette use 'tripled in the past two years'

The use of electronic cigarettes has soared in the past two years, a health charity says Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The use of electronic 'E-cigarettes' has tripled over the last two years, with over 2 million Britons now regularly smoking them.

Health charity ASH released figures showing a rise from 700,000 in 2012 to 2.1 million this year.

The group said two thirds of e-cigarette smokers still smoke normal cigarettes, while the remaining third were former smokers.

David Cameron 'minded to go ahead' with plain packs

David Cameron is "minded to go ahead" with introducing plain packaging for cigarettes before next May's general election, Downing St has said.

The Government is introducing draft regulations on introducing plain packaging for cigarettes Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

At a media briefing this afternoon, the Prime Minister's spokesman said:

"The first thing to do is publish the draft regulations. We do have to consult on those in detail, partly to deal with the risk of future charges. Subject to that, we will certainly consider whether that is possible.

"The Prime Minister is minded to go ahead with this, subject to the consultation on detailed regulations," he added.

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