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Cut down if you can't quit


10th June 2013

Smokers should cut down on cigarettes if they can't give up, according to new guidance from health professionals. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), has finally conceded that although stopping completely is the best way to reduce health risks, many people are unable to do so. Is this a rare admission of failure by TC?   Cut down if you can't quit »



No-smoking signs ‘stupid’-Tory leader


10th May 2013

Controversial moves to install no smoking signs in Blackpool’s parks have been slammed by Tory group leader Coun Tony Williams. He says ''There are more important issues in Blackpool they should be dealing with that putting up these stupid sterile signs''.   No-smoking signs ‘stupid’-Tory leader »



Smoking shelters shelved as smoking ban stays


16th April 2013

A hospital has been forced to shelve plans to build smoking shelters for patients and staff after NHS policy leaders issued guidance that all hospitals should stick to a blanket smoking ban in their grounds.   Smoking shelters shelved as smoking ban stays »



Will plain packaging of cigarettes work?


11th March 2013

Article from the Guardian asks: ''is plain packaging another chip at our free will, undermining our freedom of choice, or a move to protect the most vulnerable in our society from a highly addictive, deadly habit?''   Will plain packaging of cigarettes work? »



Fined for not displaying no smoking sign


7th February 2013

A van driver has been handed a £200 fine for not displaying a ‘No Smoking' sticker on his new vehicle - four times more than if he had actually been smoking. Welcome to free Britain - the lunatics really have taken over.   Fined for not displaying no smoking sign »



Hundreds of pubs face closure, warns Labour


5th January 2013

This from the party whose policies of the smoking ban and the duty escalator have already closed thousands of pubs. They banned smokers and claimed that the pubs would be full of happy customers after the ban. Thousands of pubs have closed since and will continue to do so unless and until the smoking ban is amended.   Hundreds of pubs face closure, warns Labour »



Will nanny state soon be telling us how to think


4th December 2012

''A government that feels it can tell people what to eat, what to drink, what habits they can or cannot have, how much exercise they can take, what energy sources should heat their houses, when they can or cannot drive and what risks they may or may not take will soon become a government that feels it can tell people what to think.'' Read more:    Will nanny state soon be telling us how to think »



Opposition calls for no-smoking rethink


3rd November 2012

Controversial proposals to ban smoking from Blackpool’s parks are to go back before leading councillors. Could such a ban be enforced anyway, as it is not (yet)illegal to smoke in open public places?   Opposition calls for no-smoking rethink »



Bradford hospital chiefs give up on smoking ban


2nd October 2012

Health bosses have admitted defeat in their bid to ban smoking in the grounds of Bradford Royal Infirmary by re-introducing a smoking shelter.   Bradford hospital chiefs give up on smoking ban »



Lawyer defies smoke ban


7th September 2012

Flamboyant lawyer Donald Findlay last night vowed to defy a court ruling — after he was barred from smoking at work. The controversial QC hit the roof when he was ordered to stop puffing his trademark pipe in front of the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Read more:   Lawyer defies smoke ban »



Hospital’s smoking ban up for review


7th August 2012

The health trust that runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough is asking people for their views on whether or not smoking should be allowed anywhere within the hospital sites. Comment on the article in the Yorkshire Post or follow the link at the end of the article to give your views in a short survey.   Hospital’s smoking ban up for review »



Plain cigarette packet plan blasted by police


13th July 2012

Health Secretary Andrew ­Lansley’s plans to force ­cigarettes to be sold in plain packets have been blasted by police. Nearly nine out of 10 officers believe the move will lead to a rise in smuggling and sales of fake ­cigarettes .......   Plain cigarette packet plan blasted by police »



'Smokers should go on a slower waiting list'


15th June 2012

A Tory councillor has said the NHS should penalise people who smoke, drink or are obese – by placing them on slower NHS waiting lists. Councillor John Butcher, who sits on Surrey County Council, said those with ''self-inflicted morbidity and injury'' should be driven out of Surrey by a two-speed NHS because they don't look after themselves. If you would like to give the perfect Mr Butcher your opinion on this, follow the link.   'Smokers should go on a slower waiting list' »



Britain - 2020 vision?


8th May 2012

A preview of our bland nanny state in 2020 - or sooner?   Britain - 2020 vision? »



The Great British pub fights back


1st April 2012

Thousands of Britain's traditional pubs will resort to desperate measures to try to revive their flagging fortunes. Many people have commented that they stopped going to pubs when the smoking ban came in, so pig racing and morris dancing will hardly have them rushing back.   The Great British pub fights back »




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