2018 News Releases

Scotland: Forest criticises prison smoking ban

Forest has criticised the prison smoking ban that will be enforced in all Scottish prisons from today [30th November] and called for designated smoking areas. Director Simon Clark said: “No-one has the right to smoke in jail but smoking is one of the few pleasures...

Former minister crowned ‘Nanny-in-Chief 2018’

A former minister has been given the title 'Nanny-in-Chief 2018' for "outstanding services to the nanny state" at a dinner in Dublin. Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy was presented with her award by the smokers' group Forest which hosted the Golden Nanny Awards...

Golden Nanny Awards shortlist revealed

Forest Ireland has announced the shortlist for its Golden Nanny Awards to be held in Dublin next week. The annual event, launched last year, honours politicians, NGOs and individuals who support ‘nanny state’ regulations on lifestyle issues including smoking tobacco,...

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Mission & Vision



Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco.


Our key aims and objectives are to:

  • counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking, and smokers
  • prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco
  • 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