TMA set to lobby as smoking ban deadline looms

The body representing the tobacco industry is increasing its lobbying firepower as the smoking ban draws closer.

Tobacco: industry to fight for smokers’ rights
Tobacco: industry to fight for smokers’ rights

The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) has appointed Shona Ferrier as public affairs and comms manager. She was previously policy development mana­ger APACS, the UK trade ­association for banks and institutions that deliver payment services to customers.

The TMA has also brought in Katherine Graham, previously account ­executive at Sovereign Strategy, as campaign co-ordinator.

Both posts are new. Chief executive Chris Ogden said: ‘We’re refocusing our efforts and looking to have a more specialised team.’

The smoking ban comes in to force in England on 1 July. The TMA insists most people are not in favour of a total ban in pubs and bars, but would prefer separate smoking and non-smoking areas.

In Scotland the TMA is lobbying the Scottish Executive not to extend the ban to include homes, cars and parks.

Ogden said: ‘Most people in Scotland, including non-smokers, are saying enough is enough. There is no demand for further restrictions and we hope the Scottish Executive will take note.’

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