About Us

women-smoking-closeup-actress-marion-cotillard-smiling-monochrome-french-cigarettes-stoned-faces-greyscale_www-paperhi-com_65About Forest Ireland

Forest Ireland was established in 2010 in response to the introduction of strict tobacco control measures in Ireland. We advocate on behalf of smokers and aim to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke tobacco.

Our parent group, Forest UK has been long established in both media and political circles as the voice of the smoker in the UK. It was founded in 1979 by Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris, a former Battle of Britain fighter pilot and lifelong pipe smoker.

Chairman of Forest from 1987 until his death (in October 2006, aged 81) was another pipe smoker – Lord Harris of High Cross. Best known for his work at the Institute of Economic Affairs, where he was general director for 30 years (1957-1987), Ralph Harris was an active participant in the smoking debate. In 1998 he co-wrote, with Judith Hatton, Murder A Cigarette, and in 2005 wrote a powerful essay, Smoking Out The Truth: A Challenge To The Chief Medical Officer.

Who funds Forest Ireland?

Forest Ireland is funded by Forest UK which receives donations from tobacco companies in Britain and Ireland. We do not represent the tobacco industry. We have a completely independent set of goals centred on the right to smoke a legal product without undue harassment or discrimination.