November 25, 2019
by Forest EU

Open letter to MEPs about extreme smoking bans

Following the publication of its ‘Smoking in Society’ report, Forest EU wrote to MEPs arguing for sensible policies protecting the health of non-smokers without marginalising smokers.


Smokers’ campaign group Forest EU has written to MEPs sharing the highlights and recommendations of its latest ‘Smoking in Society‘ report on the state of smoking bans in Europe.

The principal conclusions of the report were as follows:

  • Increasing restrictions on smoking and vaping are a worrying and unnecessary attack on individual freedom

Europe is now dotted with open air smoking bans, bans inside one’s home and the extension of smoking bans to include vaping, thus gold plating the 2009 EU Recommendation on smoke-free environments.

  • Extreme bans undermine social inclusiveness without benefitting public health

There is no evidence that banning smoking and vaping in the open air benefits the health of non-smokers. Instead such policies discriminate against smokers and vapers, potentially excluding them from normal society.

  • It is possible to protect non-smokers without marginalising smokers and vapers

Best practices drawn from nine EU countries show it is possible and popular to have sensible policies protecting the health of non-smokers without marginalising smokers and vapers.

The letter sent to MEPs is available here.