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Santa says ...

Here's a sneak preview of the 2008 Forest Christmas card. Inside it features a couple of quotes by ASH. They include the now infamous claim that:

"It is essential that campaigners create the impression of inevitable success. Campaigning of this kind is literally a confidence trick: the appearance of confidence both creates confidence and demoralises the opposition."

Copies of the card - which features the salutation "Enough is Enough" - will be distributed to MPs, journalists and broadcasters. We will also send an electronic version to everyone on the Forest mailing list. If you're not on the list (ie you don't receive our occasional e-newsletters), click HERE.

Reader Comments (8)

Many MPs don't listen. How many can read?

December 5, 2008 at 15:02 | Unregistered Commenterchas

Has anyone noticed that in the press coverage of the Shannon Matthews case, the fact that her mother smokes is listed as one of her evils? Surely denormalisation has already arrived!

December 5, 2008 at 15:09 | Unregistered Commenterhaphash

Damn I didn't see that haphash. What a cheek! I've also noticed that ASH are NOWHERE to be seen when the government and its officials kill babies and samll children as is eveident in the Baby P case. Where's their sense of moral dignity? ASH's mission statement should read "Protecting children from harmful effects of smoke is our main goal. Yet we are in favour of parents and relatives to abuse their children as they see fit."

December 5, 2008 at 15:14 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

I still dwell on the story that appeared in the Mirror yesterday:

Taxman kills himself ‘over smoking ban’

A taxman killed himself after the smoking ban left him a virtual recluse, an inquest heard yesterday.

Lawrence Walker, 61, barely went out when cigs were barred from his local pub.

Friend Robert Lye said: “He felt insulted to have to stand outside and smoke.

“We think the ban killed him. He was so depressed about it he hardly went out. It made him very solitary.”

Mr Walker, of St Columb, Cornwall, leapt to his death from cliffs at Porth beach, Newquay, in June. Coroner Dr Andrew Cox recorded a verdict of suicide.

And they say that the ban saves lives...

December 5, 2008 at 16:35 | Unregistered Commenteridlex

I know Idlex, it's appalling.

They still keep trumpeting how it's quite easy and simple to just step outside for a quick smoke, and that there's no problems for smokers doing that. They can't believe why we're moaning about it? Their sheer blindness astonishes me.

Poor Mr Walker. He, like many others in this land, are totally ignored by these zealots and our government. We don't matter anymore. I know there's many others reported as being depressed, angry, suicidal as a result of the ban.

These are the people that Hamish Howitt is trying to 'save' as well. He has many elderly and disabled people in his pub. He just didn't want to throw them out into the cold as he also fears for them.

Goodness knows how they'll socialise now and what will happen to them.

Mr Walker, a working man, was hounded out of society by these zealots. We have got to continue our campaign to ensure that this does not happen again.

December 5, 2008 at 17:07 | Unregistered CommenterMary

It is very sad about Mr Walker, and I am very disappointed ( although not surprised ) that this wasn't a major story for the media. Or it was and I didn't see it as I don't read the papers much. But maybe we are looking at the situation of the smoking ban all wrong. Now I am no lawyer and have no idea if this could work but I'll try and explain the best I can. Instead of shouting about our right and freedom to choose ( although we should include this ) maybe we should be looking at it as a monopoly. Big T can't advertise as much as it used to but ASH & WHO can advertise as much as they want. So there must be a case for unfair competition somewhere ( maybe a loophole? ). But instead of advertising their product they could both advertise & educate, the same way ASH tries to do. An example: Maybe have 30 seconds of the advert that features scientists denouncing the SHS myth ( if they would agree to it ) then after that have a guy say "Damn I could go for a smooth <whatever>" * insert cheeky smile *. Or better yet use ASH's / the NHS adverts then do the same afterwards. Probably wont work, but hey it's an idea.

December 6, 2008 at 1:53 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Yes indeed why cant a case be brought for unfair competition with regard to advertising. Does it just come down to whoever has the most money can advertise their wares/information. Why cant a case be brought on the grounds of unfairness and misinformation by govt backed groups.
Why arent the human rights brigade taking up this issue especially when it hasnt been scientifically proved that second hand smoke is harmful.
It never fails to amaze me why ASH and WHO never did a similar all out campaign against drugs which is dangerous and mind altering.

December 6, 2008 at 10:03 | Unregistered Commenterann

Is there also a case for THE WHO ( the band ) to sue The WHO ( the organisation ). I would pay to see that law suit!

December 6, 2008 at 14:01 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

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