A pro-smoker and Friend of Forest says ‘we live in a nanny state’ where nobody is allowed to make up their own mind about smoking.
Forest represents adults who choose to consume tobacco and non-smoking adults who are tolerant of other people’s enjoyment of tobacco.
The group was founded in 1979 by Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris a former Battle of Britain fighter pilot and lifelong pipe smoker
Sir Christopher was awarded the DSO in 1945, OBE in 1956, CB in 1966, KCB in 1969, and GCB in 1973.
Forest’s patrons and supporters include TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson, artist David Hockney, musician Joe Jackson, inventor Trevor Baylis, Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood, and businessman Ranald Macdonald.
Forest’s key priorities:
- Counteract the “denormalisation” of tobacco.
- Prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco.
- Lobby politicians to amend public smoking bans to accommodate those who choose consumer a legal product.
- Establish closer links with other tobacco-friendly groups at home and abroad.
- Build support among consumers of tobacco and other similarly threatened groups
- Highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals
Pro-choice smoker and Friend of Forest Penny Bunn said: “We live in this nanny state where none of us are allowed to make up our own minds about what we want anymore.
“Once upon a time when I started smoking we actually were allowed to make a choice.
“You couldn’t go anywhere where people weren’t smoking – parents smoked at home, pregnant mothers smoked, proud new fathers smoked, everyone smoked in hospital even the doctor smoked.
“Everybody smoked everywhere, it was not possible for a child of my generation to escape this second hand smoke and my argument is if it was that dangerous none of us would be here.”
She added: “People are very ungracious about smokers needing the NHS but there is a lot of money going into the NHS from taxes on smoking.
“What I would say to people who are so anti-smoking and to the government – if it really is that dangerous, if second hand smoke or even first hand smoke is so very dangerous, then why don’t you have the courage of your convictions and ban it.”
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