Naturally beautiful

Britons' growing taste for organic is extending to beauty products, research out today says.

Britons' growing taste for organic is extending to beauty products, research out today says.

Around 200 new organic and "all-natural" toiletry goods have launched in the UK already this year.

That figure more than doubled the 73 organic beauty products launched during 2006, market analysts Mintel said.

Slow burn

THE rate at which people give up smoking is slowing down, figures out today suggest.

Among people born from the mid-1950s onwards, the rate at which people stop smoking if they live in households where the head is a manual worker is dropping off sharply.

This compares to people born in the first half of the 20th Century, who were much more likely to give up smoking as they got older.

If the pattern continues as at present, the number of smokers in the general population may not decline, the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

Poor plunder

THE Government is confiscating just 5% of the criminal underworld's annual profits, an official report says today.

Home Office research showed £2bn a year of criminal cash was available in the UK for seizure by the authorities. A further £3.3bn is sent overseas.

But last year law enforcement agencies recovered just £125m, said the document, adding that there was "considerable scope for improvement".

Princes' party

PRINCES William and Harry are to host a special lunch for more than 100 youngsters at Wembley Stadium.

It will take place the day before the brothers honour their mother, Princess Diana, at a tribute concert on July 1. Poorly children, who are being supported by the charity WellChild - of which Harry is patron - will be among the guests, as will their parents and carers.

Right to care

A CITIZENS Advice Bureau adviser who phoned a suicidal woman's GP to save her life but was sacked for breaking confidentiality rules won her claim for unfair dismissal yesterday.

Terri King, 58, was granted damages of just over £18,000 by the Southampton Employment Tribunal which said she did the right thing to call the doctor.

Mrs King acted after the distraught and sobbing client, who cannot be named, called and said she had taken an overdose of pills because of her problems with debt.


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