Cancer Research stubs out smoking law critics

The ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces may not be arriving in England until next summer, but Cancer Research UK's determination to counter potential objectors saw it lead the NGO Watch chart for June.

Keen to pre-empt predictions that the legislation will hit landlords' takings, the charity commissioned a study into the public's views on smoke-free pubs.

Its finding, that 24 per cent of respondents would be more likely to go to a pub if it was smoke-free, was widely reported. Meanwhile, 45 per cent said anti-smoking legislation would not affect their decision to visit pubs.

Elsewhere, Amnesty International (second) seized on the US Supreme Court's ruling that trials of suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay contravened the Geneva Convention. The ruling led to Amnesty's call for prisoners to be tried in civilian courts or released.

Friends of the Earth (third) abandoned its court challenge to a new motorway in Glasgow, but coverage was widespread. With Joint Action Against the M74, the charity had raised a £21,000 fighting fund.

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