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David Hockney appointed to Order of Merit

Sun 1st January, 2012

Artist David Hockney, a prominent smokers' rights campaigner, has been appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen.

The Order of Merit is presented to high achievers in the arts, learning, literature, science and other areas such as public service.

Hockney said he was glad his campaign for smokers' rights had not worked against him. Asked for a response he said: "No comment – other than it's nice to know they are not prejudiced against the older smoker."

Sources: BBC News (1 January 2012), AFP (2 January 2012)

Note: David Hockney is a member of Forest's Supporters Council and has attended several Forest events in support of smokers' rights.

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