Tags : UK

    Judge: U.K. smoking ban applies in prison too

    A high court judge has ruled that the U.K public-places smoking ban must be enforced in state prisons despite the possibility of unrest this could provoke in jails throughout England and Wales. According to Justice Singh, the justice secretary misunderstood an exemption made in 2006 to health legislation that banned smoking in workplaces and enclosed...Read More

    Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

    Expectant mothers in the U.K. will be asked to take breath tests to show whether or not they have been smoking during their pregnancies, according to a number of media stories. About 20 percent of women are estimated to smoke while pregnant, which is said to lead to low birth weights and to cause complications...Read More

    UK plain packaging plan goes up in smoke

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has scrapped plans to force all cigarettes to be sold in plain packs, according to a story published today in The Sun. Health ministers had been considering the move for a year. Proponents had insisted making packages bland would put smokers off — and stop kids from picking up the habit. Cameron initially backed the plan, but has...Read More

    Plain packaging a £5 billion gorilla for UK taxpayer?

    U.K. taxpayers could face a £5 billion ($7.67 billion) bill if ministers insist cigarettes are sold in plain packages. The money would be awarded by courts to tobacco companies in recognition of the fact that the government had destroyed their brand equity, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, as reported on the This is Money website....Read More

    Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

    The UK government’s plans to license e- cigarettes have been delayed further, according to a story in the Times Of London. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began a consultation in February 2010, but it said in March 2011 that it would take another 18 months to gather greater evidence on the health risks...Read More