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Recommended reading

The following books, articles and essays provide a useful introduction to the smoking debate. Where appropriate, we have also included some official government advice.

Forest reports

Smokefree Ideology: How local authorities are waging war on choice and individual freedom
Josie Appleton (September 2020)

Prohibition: A bad idea that won’t go away
Rob Lyons (May 2020)

Nicotine Wars: The fight for choice
Rob Lyons (October 2019)

40 Years of Hurt: The hyper-regulation of smokers 1979-2019
Josie Appleton (August 2019)

Prejudice and Prohibition: Results of a study of smoking and vaping policies in NHS hospital trusts in England
Mark Tovey (March 2019)

The McNanny State: How Scotland is becoming a puritan’s playpen
Brian Monteith, foreword by Allan Massie (June 2018)

Road To Ruin: The impact of the smoking ban on pubs and personal choice
Rob Lyons (June 2017)

Prejudice & Propaganda: The Truth About Passive Smoking
Gian Turci (2005)

Third party reports funded by Forest

The Pleasure of Smoking: The views of confirmed smokers
Centre for Substance Use Research (December 2016)

Smoked Out: The hyper-regulation of smokers in outdoor public places
Dolan Cummings and Josie Appleton, Manifesto Club (October 2015)

Civil Liberties: Up In Smoke
Simon Davies, foreword by Joe Jackson (June 2011)


Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State
Joe Jackson (April 2007), updated version of The Smoking Issue (below)

Smoking Out The Truth: A Challenge to the Chief Medical Officer (out of print)
Ralph Harris (2005)

The Smoking Issue
Joe Jackson (2004)

Briefing papers

Government lobbying government: The case of the UK tobacco control industry
CR Consulting (October 2010)

Smoking gun: is the smoking ban a major cause of the decline of the British pub?
CR Consulting (September 2010)


The Bully State: The End of Tolerance (out of print)
Brian Monteith (The Free Society, 2009)

Velvet Glove Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking
Christopher Snowdon (2009)

Scared To Death: From BSE to Global Warming
Christopher Booker and Richard North (Continuum, 2007)

La Diva Nicotina: How Tobacco Seduced The World
Iain Gateley (Simon & Schuster, 2001)

The Faber Book of Smoking
James Walton (Faber, 2001)

Tobacco display bans

Displaying Their Ignorance on Smoking (Cato Institute via Spiked)
Patrick Basham and John Luik (Democracy Institute, 2009)

Public smoking bans

The Bauld Truth: The Impact of Smokefree Legislation in England
A critique of the evidence review using publicly available information
Imperial Tobacco (June 2011)

The Impact of Smokefree Legislation in England: Evidence Review
Professor Linda Bauld, University of Bath (March 2011)

Smoke and mirrors
Deborah Arnott and Ian Willmore (Guardian, July 2006)

Smoking and healthcare

Why smokers must have equal rights to health care
Professor John Dormandy (Daily Mail, November 2006)

Smoking and mental health

I smoke for my mental health
David Hockney, Guardian (May 2007)

The unfair smoking ban will mean fuming on wards
Clare Allen, Guardian (February 2007)

Submissions to government

Children and Families Bill
Forest submission opposing proposed amendment (banning smoking in cars with children) to the Children and Families Bill (2012/13)


The creeping prohibition of smoking
Simon Clark, Spiked Online (June 2022)

The pros and cons of a total smoking ban
The Week (June 2022)

How local authorities are waging war on personal freedom
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (September 2020)

If May really wants a fairer Britain, she should end the war on smokers
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (October 2016)

Plain speaking on plain packaging
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (March 2015)

Bob Blackman is wrong. We don’t need a smoking ban in cars to protect children
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (April 2013)

Scotland’s goal of a ‘smoke-free’ society is conformist and illiberal
Simon Clark, (November 2012)

Whatever happened to the party of business, de-regulation and personal responsibility?
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (March, 2011)

The state should stop giving anti-smoking groups public money to lobby the Government
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (October 2010)

The tobacco industry has every right and every reason to lobby government
Simon Clark, ConservativeHome (May, 2010)

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