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The Long March to Prohibition

Until the 1980s there were around 10,000 specialist tobacconists in Britain. These were like Aladdin’s caves, not because of mythical glitzy packaging but because of choice. Many smokers just stuck with major brands but these specialist tobacconists stocked a vast … Continue reading

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Looking Back, Looking Forward, a New Year Review

March 26th saw the 10 year anniversary of the United Kingdom’s first draconian smoking ban in Scotland brought about by the ‘Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.’ This was put in place based on the myth of “second … Continue reading

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F2C AGM 17th December 2016

Freedom2Choose’s AGM will be held on Saturday 17 September at the Pavilion End Pub, Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BR. The formal meeting (members only) starts at 2.00pm and will be very short, maybe 10-15 minutes. There will be informal and … Continue reading

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Bullying, Confusion and Partial Prohibition

Today marks the United Kingdom’s introduction of larger and more grotesque graphic health warnings on standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco, with the banning of some cigarettes. This is the toughest set of anti-tobacco control measures since the … Continue reading

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Carol Ann Cattell 1948 to 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Carol Cattell passed away quietly in her sleep on the 4th April surrounded by her family. Her children Sam and Jo paid tribute to their mum by saying “We … Continue reading

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Campaign against Smoking Bans in Psychiatric Units

  As some of you will know, over the years full smoking prohibition has been creeping its way into mental hospitals. We covered this creep from its first case in the United Kingdom in 2008 when Rampton Mental Hospital banned … Continue reading

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F2C AGM 5th December 2015

Freedom2Choose’s AGM will be held on Saturday 5 December at the Pavilion End Pub, Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BR. It’s the same venue as last year. The formal members’ meeting starts at 2.00pm and will be very short, maybe 10-15 … Continue reading

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Nightlife Keeps Closing its Doors to More

Following on from my last article (Nightlife Burning Out) nine months have gone by. But nothing seems to have changed for the better concerning the nightlife industry with still ever more bars and nightclubs going out of business. Historically this … Continue reading

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Charity Funding Petition

Now and again something crops up that normally would be outside of the remit of Freedom2Choose, in this case it is the Kids Company scandal. Most smokers have children and contrary to the belief of ASH and the Department of … Continue reading

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Colin Grainger 1962 – 2015

I am sad to report that Colin Grainger has passed away. One can only begin to imagine the pain his family and friends are feeling. Colin was a former Chairman of Freedom2Choose, soon after our inception in 2007. Tributes have … Continue reading

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