SUPPORTING SMOKERS’ RIGHTS FOR 45 YEARS

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Forest accuses Chancellor of being “heartless and cruel”

Forest has accused the Chancellor of being “heartless and cruel” after Jeremy Hunt increased cigarette duty by over 12%.

Simon Clark, director of Forest, said, “Punishing smokers for their habit during a cost of living crisis is heartless and cruel.

“It discriminates against poorer smokers and will drive many more consumers to the black market.

“This is bad news for legitimate, law-abiding retailers, and bad news for the Treasury which could lose billions of pounds in revenue if more smokers buy their tobacco from illicit traders.”

Simon Clark

Mission & Vision

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Mission

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

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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