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Most people unaware that half of smokers will die early

Now do you think smoking in cars should be banned if there are children in the vehicle? Last night MPs voted to back the proposal - although it could be some time before it becomes law.

The proposed legislation comes as Smokefree South West reveals almost 90% of people they spoke to were not aware half of smokers will die early.

Katie Rowlett has the story.

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Devon signs up to national anti-smoking scheme

Devon County Council is promotng the danager of smoking Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon County Council will sign up to a national scheme today to protect residents from the risks of smoking.

The tobacco control declaration is part of the council's role in protecting the public from diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease.

The council will work with local communities to educate people about the dangers of smoking.

Anti-smoking campaign targets roll-ups

More people in the south west choose roll-ups over conventional cigarettes than elsewhere in the UK Credit: ITV Westcountry

People who smoke roll-ups are being targeted as part of a New Year campaign by Smokefree South West. The campaign aims to dispel the myth that they are less harmful than manufactured cigarettes. More than 4,000 toxic chemicals are inhaled when smoking a roll up.

Devon MP hosts meeting on plans for plain packaging on cigarettes

A Devon MP is hosting a meeting today at the Houses of Parliament on proposals for plain packaging on cigarettes. Campaign group Smokefree South West say plain packaging could protect children from taking up the habit.

MP Mel Stride is hosting a meeting today at the Houses of Parliament on proposals for plain packaging on cigarettes. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Smoking ban success

The number of people smoking outside Derriford hospital in Plymouth has gone down by 94 per cent after a ban was introduced last month to coincide with National No Smoking Day.

Large no smoking sign at Derriford Hospital
Derriford Hospital introduced a smoking ban last month Credit: ITV Westcountry

An audit by Smokefree Plymouth ten days after the ban was introduced showed numbers had decreased from 140 incidents in December to 9 in late March. Smokefree Plymouth says the ban has had a positive impact on the hospital environment.

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