John Mallon’s Blog

Our spokesman is John Mallon, a father of two adult children who lives with his partner in Cork.

John’s working career is as varied as it is colourful. From labouring on an offshore oil rig to national sales manager for Apple (Ireland), it includes ten years of self-employment running two businesses concurrently.

John is passionate both in his defence of smokers and the promotion of a more tolerant, less regulated society. John has voiced the frustrations and concerns of Irish smokers across all media platforms for many years and continues to work tirelessly on their behalf.

December 26, 2016

Don’t ignite your e-cigs.

It was only a matter of time of course but this morning (St Stephen’s Day), the Journal reports that, “E-cigarettes could do as much damage to […]
November 21, 2016

Ash and the Irish Nanny State

The Forest Ireland letter to the Irish Times last week has prompted a response from no less a luminary than Dr. Patrick Doorley, the Chairman of […]
November 8, 2016

Good Gardai and Bad Laws

Smokers can have no problem with the Gardai. When the smoking ban was brought into law (in 2004) they were the first to announce that they […]
October 20, 2016

Survey on the Enjoyment of Smoking by the Centre for Substance Use Research in Glasgow

For years now I have complained bitterly that smokers are not consulted or listened to in this so-called war on tobacco. This trumped up war is […]
September 12, 2016

The sole motivation for smoking doesn’t have to be nicotine

The medical community are fond of pronouncing on all things smoking while most of their number have probably never been smokers themselves. Their beliefs about this […]
September 12, 2016

Bullied and insulted – the plight of the smoker in Ireland in 2016

Eoghan Harris was musing in the Independent article last week about his upbringing and how he was bullied at school. The sentiments he expressed surprised me, […]
September 1, 2016

What am I?

It’s a question we could all ask ourselves. I am a man who enjoys a beer and in some quarters that makes me a “drinker”. But […]
July 23, 2016

What it’s like to represent smokers on live radio (and television)

A friend asked me recently what speaking on live radio was really like as he had never done so himself. Today is a good time to […]
June 14, 2016

Creeping prohibition at home and abroad

Aside from Ireland beating the Springboks in rugby and the soccer lads drawing with Sweden in the Euros, it has been a relatively quiet summer for […]
May 25, 2016

In defence of Finian McGrath

“Finian’s Rainbow,” one journalist called it. While I was away last week the new junior health minister Finian McGrath made a very simple public statement asking […]