Tobacco advertising looks set to banned across the UK by the end of this year.

A bill outlawing ads in magazines, newspapers, on the internet and on billboards is currently going through parliament and is expected to be given the final approval by MPs shortly.

If passed by MPs the bill, which will stop companies from promoting smoking by giving away free tobacco products and through coupons and mail shots, will come into effect by the end of this year.

Restrictions will also be imposed on the promotion of products in shops.