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A message to those who smoke in cars with children - there is no excuse for your selfish habit

If a person chooses to gulp down poisons, that’s their decision. But children, who have no choice, shouldn’t be subjected to smoke in the stuffy, airless environment of a car

Tobacco is responsible for more than 100,000 avoidable deaths in the UK every year

New York bans tobacco sales to under-21s

Law will make it the first large US city or state to prohibit sales to young adults

A bumper to bumper queue of vehicles trying to enter Spain from Gibraltar in August

Spain’s controversial Gibraltar border controls are legal, EU rules

Spain did not violate European Union rules by imposing additional border and customs checks at its crossing point with Gibraltar, despite complaints by Britain that the move was “politically motivated”, the European Commission has ruled.

Scientists are developing a drug which mimics all the positive effects of being drunk without any of the health risks

Getting drunk without the hangover or health risks – scientist seeks investment for ‘alcohol substitute’ drug

Former Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt says his team are on the brink of a ‘serious revolution in health’ – but he needs help getting round the powerful drinks industry

Young teenagers rate slimline cigarettes as stylish, feminine and possibly safer than regular brands, say researchers

Teenagers 'think slim cigarettes are safer' says report

Young teenagers rate slimline cigarettes as stylish, feminine and possibly safer than regular brands, say researchers.

Robert Mugabe redistributed land from 6,000 white farmers to 245,000 black farmers

Thank you, Mr Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s forced land redistribution led to huge controversy - but it has transformed the lives of thousands of small farmers

The tobacco industry is no longer marked by the pattern of large, white-owned farms, which have been seized and resettled

Postcard from... Hamburg

The austere-looking Nazi era building stands in the posh district of Harvesterhude. Built in 1937, it was the German army headquarters used by Adolf Hitler’s commanders to plan the invasion of Denmark.

Postcard from... Madrid

For feline-lovers impatient for London’s much-publicised cat café to open, a trip to Madrid could be in order. Spain’s first ever gatoteca and its 10 four-footed,  bewhiskered occupants have been up and running – or should that be miaowing? – since early October.

Postcard from... Brazil

Postcard from... Sofia

Lady Gaga arrives at Berghain nightclub to promote her latest album 'Artpop'

Postcard from... Berlin

Postcard from... Dallas

Postcard from... Toledo

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