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.
A West Country MP is backing a regional campaign for cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging. Mel Stride says branding plays an important part in persuading people to smoke.
The campaign has got the backing of a teenager from the region whose father and two grandparents died from smoking-related lung cancer. Ken Goodwin reports.
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.
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.
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.