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Forest on the fringe

Going to the Conservative conference in Birmingham?

If so, you are invited to join us on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd October for two back-to-back events with refreshments including coffee, wine, beer and sandwiches.

Our venue (Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP) is just outside the secure area, five minutes’ walk from the International Conference Centre.

Details below. Do join us!

13:30 – Refreshments inc tea, coffee, wine, beer and sandwiches

14:00 – Should smoking be consigned to history?
According to Peter Nixon, MD of Philip Morris UK, “There is no reason for anyone to smoke any more.” Others disagree.

Join us for what should be a lively discussion chaired by Claire Fox, director of the Academy of Ideas and a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

Simon Clark, Forest
Mark MacGregor, Philip Morris UK
Rae Maile, Cenkos Securities
Chris Snowdon, Institute of Economic Affairs

15:30 – Refreshments inc tea, coffee, wine, beer and sandwiches

16:00 – The most pleasurable nicotine delivery device in the world
What is the most pleasurable nicotine delivery device in the world? Is it the combustible cigarette? Or the cigar? The pipe, perhaps? Or maybe it’s snus (still illegal to sell in the UK) or that new kid on the block, the e-cigarette.

Don’t miss this special balloon debate featuring:

Claire Fox, Academy of Ideas – cigarette
Madeline Grant, Institute of Economic Affairs – e-cigarette
Brian Monteith, political consultant and former MSP – pipe
Mark Oates, senior parliamentary researcher – snus
James Price, TaxPayers Alliance – cigar

Simon Clark

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