We have this afternoon received the following email:
As a secondary school teacher who on a weekly basis teachers my students about the dangers of cigarettes and tobacco I was wondering in what sense your organisation is doing anything positive in our world?
Don't you think that you should give up the ghost and this losing battle? I am a big believer in freedom of choice when that choice is safe and positive but not when a choice will kill and harm you and those around you.
Myself and the entire student faculty look forward to your answer which will be discussed in classes.
Your comments are welcome and I will of course be only too happy to refer him "and the entire student faculty" to this post, should you have anything constructive to say!
I have replied as follows:
Please find attached The Smoking Issue, published by Forest in 2005. I am sure your students will find it of interest.
For information about secondhand smoke, I attach a further document entitled Prejudice and Propaganda: The Truth About Passive Smoking.
Again, I think your students will be interested to learn that there are two sides to every debate.