Smoking Gun: Prohibition and the Infantilisation of Britain


  • 23/03/2023
    18:15 - 20:15
The Government wants to achieve a ‘smoke free’ England by 2030. Measures being advocated by public health campaigners include raising the age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21, or by one year every year until no-one can buy tobacco legally.

Is the ongoing war on smoking justified? Is there an alternative to creeping prohibition and infringing on an adult’s right to choose? And what are the implications for future generations if the state controls our lifestyle choices, be it smoking, eating or drinking?

Chaired by Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ rights group Forest, panellists are: Henry Hill, deputy editor of ConservativeHome; Reem Ibrahim, a final year student at the London School of Economics and communications officer at the IEA; Kara Kennedy, staff writer at The Spectator World and author of ‘An ode to smoking’; and Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the IEA.

The discussion starts at 19:00 and will be preceded by drinks from 18:15.

Spaces are limited and will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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