David Hockney

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Forest Supporter’s Council

Artist David Hockney is a member of the pro-smoking organisation Forest‘s Supporters Council. Described by Forest as “Britain’s finest living artist”, Hockney has attended several of its events in support of smokers’ rights. 1

He first attended a private Forest dinner in 2004. Afterwards he described it as a “life-enhancing experience”. The following year he attended the Forest Annual Awards at The Groucho Club and spoke at a Forest event at the Labour party conference in Brighton where he was headline news. 2 3

Although Forest Not Always Mentioned

On occasions when speaking out in the media, Hockney’s links to Forest are not immediately apparent. In January 2012 he wrote a critical letter to the Guardian newspaper, in response to an article by an anti-tobacco campaigner leading the fight for plain packaging. 4
In February 2012 he attacked “Anti-tobacco fanatics”, again in the Guardian, this time via an Ipad illustration. 5 In neither cases was it mentioned that Hockney had links to Forest.

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  1. David Hockney appointed to Order of Merit, Forest website, Monday 2nd January 2012, accessed May 2012
  2. Our supporters, Forest website, undated, accessed 11 May 2012
  3. PRNewswire, David Hockney Leads Opposition Against Ban on Smoking in All Public Places, LONDON, September 28
  4. David Hockney, Trouble with Tobacco Haters, The Guardian, 27 January 2012
  5. Guardian, David Hockney Letter in Pictures, 28 February 2012