SUPPORTING SMOKERS’ RIGHTS FOR 45 YEARS

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Forest’s work is carried out by a small team including freelance researchers and public affairs consultants who work on specific projects and campaigns. We also welcome the support of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer your services, email:

contact@forestonline.org

Attend our events

Forest has a well-deserved reputation for organising some of the best events at party conferences and and elsewhere. Highlights include a ‘Politics and Prohibition’ party at the 2006 Conservative conference in Bournemouth when we dressed a hotel ballroom to look like a Chicago speakeasy, complete with actors dressed as poker players. Later in the evening our thespians changed into police uniforms and staged a mock raid that culminated in the ‘arrest’ of one of our guest speakers. The charge? “Inciting people to enjoy themselves.”

Other Forest events on the Conservative fringe have included three comedy evenings (two at The Comedy Store in Manchester, one at the Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham) plus, in 2016, a party for 500 in Birmingham that was nominated for a ‘Best conference event’ award.

We have also organised events at Labour and Liberal Democrat conferences including, in 2011, a party for 200 Labour party members at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. Naturally, it featured a Beatles’ tribute band.

Pre-Covid we hosted events in London including an annual boat party (‘Smoke on the Water’) attended by 200+ guests, and an annual Freedom Dinner for 150+ guests at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Speakers included General Sir Mike Jackson, former head of the British army; journalists Rod Liddle, James Delingpole and Brendan O’Neil; and the late Lord Bell, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

In June 2019 Boisdale of Canary Wharf was also the venue for our 40th anniversary gala dinner. Speakers were Claire Fox(now Baroness Fox of Buckley), and Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Prof Madsen Pirie, president and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute, gave the toast, and presentations were made to celebrity restaurateur Antony Worrall Thompson, and former MSP and MEP Brian Monteith (a former spokesman for Forest in Scotland).

We have also organised events at Boisdale of Belgravia, our favourite smoker-friendly bar restaurant, the famous Groucho Club in Soho, and the Houses of Parliament where, in 2011, we organised a reception for 200 people on the terrace at the House of Commons. Special guest and speaker that day was artist David Hockney.

Our most successful event (it attracted camera crews from 12 countries) was our ‘Revolt In Style’ dinner for 400 people at the Savoy Hotel in London shortly before the introduction of the smoking ban in England in July 2007. Speakers included journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, Antony Worrall Thompson, and Claire Fox.

Guests at other Forest events have included musician Joe Jackson plus MPs, peers and parliamentary researchers.

Our most recent event was a panel discussion at the 2022 Conservative party conference in Birmingham – Politics & Prohibition: Should smoking be banned for good? (video).

Donate

We welcome donations to support our work. Donations from individual supporters have ranged from £10 to £300 to £2000. Whatever you can afford to contribute, we would be delighted and grateful to accept.

To make a donation please email contact@forestonline.org or write to us at:

Forest
Sheraton House
Castle Park
Cambridge
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Note: Forest reserves the right to decline donations should we choose to do so.

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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