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King’s Speech: Forest condemns announcement of legislation to ban sale of cigarettes to future generations of adults in the UK

Forest has condemned the announcement of legislation that will deny future generations of adults the right to purchase cigarettes in the UK.

Simon Clark, director of Forest, said:

“This is the worst form of nanny state regulation because it treats consenting adults like children.

“If you’re old enough to vote, drive a car, join the army, and purchase alcohol, you’re old enough to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“Declaring war on tobacco will only drive future generations of adult smokers to the black market.

“The biggest benefactor from prohibition won’t be public health but criminal gangs and other illicit traders.”

He added:

“Given everything else that is going on in the world, at home and abroad, it’s staggering that a Conservative government would waste valuable parliamentary time banning the sale of tobacco to adults who are perfectly capable of making informed decisions for themselves.”

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