Smokers' group Forest urges Government to cut tobacco control quangos

The smokers' group Forest has urged the Government to cut public spending on tobacco control quangos and other anti-smoking groups to stop 'government lobbying itself'.

Urge to cut tobacco control quangos: Forest
Urge to cut tobacco control quangos: Forest
A report commissioned by Forest claims that the UK tobacco control industry receives the vast majority of its funding from public money.

Much of this money is then used to influence government to spend more public money on tobacco control measures, Forest claims.

Forest director Simon Clark said: ‘Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has pledged to stop local authorities and quangos employing external consultants to assist with their lobbying activities.

‘If the Government is to be consistent it should stop funding tobacco control quangos and anti-smoking groups such as ASH who shamelessly use
public money to lobby government.’

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