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THE BAN on cigarette sales from vending machines has been delayed because of legal challenges to the legislation, the Scottish Government said yesterday.
An attempt by one of the world's biggest tobacco companies to stop anti-smoking legislation at Holyrood has been defeated in court.
Smoking in Scotland's most deprived areas is still a major problem, leading to an increasing health gap and poor life expectancy, campaigners warn.
MORE than 700 pubs have closed in Scotland since the smoking ban was brought in four years ago, a report has shown.
TOBACCO companies could be using interactive websites such as YouTube to market their products to young people, according to a new study.
A SCOTTISH health board last night announced plans to bring in enforcement officers to fine people up to £50 for flouting its ban on smoking.
ONE of the world's biggest tobacco companies launched a legal bid yesterday against a law which bans the open display of cigarettes in Scotland's shops.
SCOTLAND's west coast has become a smuggling hot spot after police cover for ports was significantly reduced last year.
NEARLY one in four city shops tested in the Capital has been caught selling cigarettes to under-agers, Trading Standards figures have revealed.
PASSIVE smoking has been linked to mental health problems for the first time by a scientific study that suggests those exposed to cigarette fumes are three times more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospital than those free from nicotine exposure.
UNBORN babies are still being put at risk because of their parents' smoking, doctors will warn today.
THE number of injuries sustained in house fires has soared over the past year – with more than half of fire deaths due to unattended cigarettes.
TOBACCO companies should be forced to report to the government regularly and publish details of marketing and income to increase transparency, an Edinburgh charity has said.
TOBACCO companies will have to use plain, logo-free packaging on their cigarettes to make them less attractive under legislation introduced yesterday by the government of Australia, which dubbed the move a world-first.
FILMS aimed at children and young people continue to feature smoking, says a new study.
LAMBERT & Butler firm Imperial Tobacco yesterday said budget cigarettes now account for about a fifth of the total UK market as nicotine addicts turn to cheaper smokes.
CIGARETTE manufacturer Imperial Tobacco has stepped up its fight against the ban on the display of tobacco products in retail outlets from October next year.
A RISING number of prescriptions for drugs to treat obesity and to help people stop smoking are being handed out in Scotland.