Dan Donovan

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Dan Donovan is a designer and photographer.
He is a supporter of Forest campaigns including Hands off our packs and Save Our Pubs and Clubs.12
He designed Forest’s Christmas card in 2011 and also did the photography and design for a Privacy International report on smoking and privacy, which was produced and paid for “at the request” of pro-smoking group Forest.34
He has also worked for The Free Society.5

Against the Smoking Ban

In 2007 Donovan produced a photographic journal book, ‘ninety smokers – smoke free England?’, which illustrates smoking culture leading up to the 2007 smoking ban. Although he wrote that ‘this collection of work isn’t about either promoting or vilifying the act of smoking; it’s intended to capture an honest representation of smoking culture in Britain pre-July 2007’, he added that he had “encountered many stories which only exacerbated my feelings that this blanket ban is… unjustified and morally questionable”…”this piece of work is an historic record of smokers enjoying smoking freely – before their pleasure became criminalised”.6

Against Plain Packaging

As a supporter of the Hands Off Our Packs campaign, Donovan argues that:

Plain packaging is an insult to our intelligence. I didn’t choose to smoke because of a brightly coloured packet. I chose to smoke because I enjoy it.

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  1. FOREST, Forest to petition government against plain packaging, 30 January 2012, accessed 31 January 2012
  2. Amendthesmokingban.com, Bands unite to amend the smoking ban, 25 November 2009, accessed 31 January 2012
  3. Simon Clarke, Something to declare? Every little helps, Taking Liberties website, 13 December 2011, accessed 31 January 2012
  4. Simon Davies, Civil liberties: up in smoke, Privacy International, June 2011, accessed 11 June 2011
  5. battenburg.biz, The works, undated, accessed 13 June 2011
  6. Dan Donovan, ninety smokers – smoke free England?, 1 December 2007, accessed March 2012