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.

May 24, 2016

Best International Practice

I am just back from my very first holiday cruise and I have observations for all of you smokers out there. The trip took us from […]
May 9, 2016

Deckchairs rearranged

From Martin to Harney and on through the reign of Stubbs Reilly to Varadkar, every incumbent in the Health Minister’s office has consistently sought to make […]
May 1, 2016

The devil really is in the detail

Over two years ago, at a public health hearing in government buildings, the question was posed by the committee as to the costs associated with treating […]
March 31, 2016

Ireland’s Index-Linked Bond to the Nanny State

It has always been a great source of amazement to me that so many of my fellow citizens in this country should urge the government of […]
February 28, 2016

Good riddance to bad rubbish

We are all too familiar with Dr James ‘Stubb’ Reilly and his unreasonable hatred of smokers. The portly gent had placed the persecution of smokers at […]
February 16, 2016

Smokers are voters too

I am in Dublin today for the launch of the Forest Eireann manifesto (above). An agency has organized a trailer festooned with the core messages we […]
January 28, 2016

Keep calm and carry on

Out of the blue last night I was asked by 98FM in Dublin to come on a show hosted by Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon, “Dublin’s […]
January 22, 2016

Health and hostility: how the medical profession deals with smokers

The ICS tell us that ‘One third of Irish smokers are claiming to be unconcerned about being diagnosed with lung cancer‘. The 1,000 participants were a […]
January 14, 2016

Scrutiny of Irish Cancer Society finances long overdue

Smokers could be forgiven for harbouring ambiguous feelings towards the Irish Cancer Society. For years we’ve had to listen to their propaganda demonising us for enjoying […]
December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Forest Eireann would like to wish its supporters and friends a very Merry Christmas. We hope you will have a safe, prosperous and happy New Year […]