Here it is ... the campaign video to promote Forest's online petition to oppose further EU-wide tobacco controls. It features Mark Littlewood (Institute of Economic Affairs), Dr Eamonn Butler (Adam Smith Institute), Niki Haywood (National Federation of Retail Newsagents) and David Bowden (Institute of Ideas).
The main video is 2:45 minutes long. It's followed by one or two outtakes that demonstrate that, well, no-one's perfect.
If you haven't signed the online petition please do so now. By midnight last night 1,118 people had signed it.
PS. If you have a blog or website feel free to post the video. The embedded code is on YouTube.
Iain Dale has the video on his blog: Freedom for Smokers: Sign the Petition . He's getting a bit of stick in the comments (I suspect the hand of ASH) so you may wish to support him.
Tory Outcast has also posted the video.
The video has also been posted on the Adam Smith Institute blog where Sam Bowman writes:
Forest, the lobby group which defends the right to smoke, has put together the above video criticizing the EU's proposals to try to disrupt smokers' lives by banning cigarette displays in shops and, incredibly, introduce plain packaging rules to cigarettes. The question of whether you enjoy smoking or not is irrelevant – what matters is that adults are allowed to make their own decisions without meddling from the government. Unfortunately the EU seems to have no regard for civil liberties – their consultation document, outlining the arguments for and against smoking restrictions, doesn't mention these concerns at all.
A further 271 people signed the petition yesterday. By the end of the day (Monday) the total was 1,389.