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.’