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Above: Forest Éireann's John Mallon on TV3's Ireland AM with Kathleen O'Mara of the Irish Cancer Society, September 17, 2013. See Breakfast briefing.
"John Mallon — who has written a good account of the evening — lightens the mood by trying to speak to the health lobby as human beings. As a smoker, he is the hunted, but he remains polite and gracious in the face of the hunters and his affability sits in stark contrast to the purse-lipped, lemon-sucking zealots." Chris Snowdon, Director, Lifestyle Economics Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, October 25, 2013 (Velvet Glove Iron Fist)
FOREST ÉIREANN is the voice and friend of the smoker in Ireland. Launched in August 2010, we represent the views of consumers who choose to smoke, are aware of the health risks, and are fed up being treated like children.
To register your support for our work, please sign up to our mailing list (right) and invite adult friends and family to do so too. Your details will not be shared with anyone else.
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Who we are
Forest Éireann has been set up with the support of the UK group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco). Forest was founded in 1979 to represent adults who choose to smoke tobacco and non-smoking adults who are tolerant of other people smoking.
Forest acknowledges the health risks associated with smoking. We accept that government and other agencies have a role to play, educating people about the risks of smoking tobacco, just as they should educate people about the risks of drinking too much alcohol, eating too many fatty foods and dairy products, not taking enough exercise and so on.
We accept the need for restrictions on smoking in some public places and we accept the need for smokers to act responsibly when it comes to matters such as litter and smoking around young children in a confined space.
What we do NOT accept are the intolerant, bully-boy tactics used by many people within the tobacco control movement who routinely employ tendentious arguments and personal vilification to justify draconian smoking bans, record levels of tobacco taxation, and the introduction of some of the most extreme anti-smoking laws anywhere in the world.
Our mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco in its many forms. In particular we seek to:
- debunk some of the myths about smoking (especially so-called "passive smoking")
- counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking
- stop the introduction of further restrictions on smoking in public or private spaces
- lobby politicians to amend (not repeal) public smoking bans and relax excessive regulations on outdoor smoking shelters
- highlight the enormous financial contribution made by smokers to the public purse
- build support among smokers and tolerant non-smokers
- highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals
Who funds Forest Éireann?
Forest Éireann is funded by Forest UK which receives donations from tobacco companies in Britain and Ireland. We do NOT represent the tobacco industry. We have a completely independent set of goals that are centred around the right to smoke a legal product without undue harrassment or discrimination.
Have something to say?
Forest encourages feedback so please don't hesitate to get in touch.