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Tuesday, May 19, 1998 Published at 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK

Smoking links

There is ample space on the Internet for both sides of the smoking debate. The most vociferous of the UK organisations opposed to smoking and tobacco products is ASH - Action on Smoking and Health.

A copy of the UK Government's Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH) report released in March 1998 can be found on the Web. It gives an overview of the anti-smoking arguments, and many of its recommendations are likely to form the basis of the government's Tobacco White Paper due out later in the year.

With tobacco responsible for 6% of all deaths around the globe, the World Health Organisation has a number of pages reserved for smoking issues.

The Tobacco BBS (Bulletin Board System) is a Web resource on tobacco and smoking issues. It features news, information, and assistance for smokers trying to quit. It includes a list of the powerful and the famous who have succumbed to smoking-related illnesses.

The BADvertising Institute produces anti-smoking educational material including spoof ads.

If you want to follow every twist and turn of the US lawsuits against the tobacco companies, USA Today keeps an index of recent stories. More detailed information can be found at the Tobacco Resolution and a site called Tobacco Litigation News.

Test your knowledge on the health effects of smoking with a quiz.

On the pro-smoking side, Forest - the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco - are most prominent in the UK.

The Enlightened Tobacco Company PLC, makers of the Death brand of cigarettes, promotes a similar line using much of the information gathered by Forest. Its site contains an information page to counter the arguments of the anti-smoking lobby.

The Smoker's Home Page is a US site. You can even listen to audio files of those famous smoking moments from the movies.

FORCES - Fight Ordinances and Restrictions to Control and Eliminate Smoking - details some of the scientific studies that appear to disprove some of the claims made against smoking.

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