Forest's search for a media and public affairs manager in Ireland has made the news.
Under the headline 'Smoker lobby seeks a new media expert', the Irish Daily Mail reports:
As a legal battle rages between the state and the tobacco industry over plain packaging laws, a lobby group for smokers is taking on new staff.
Forest Eireann, the 'voice of the smoker in Ireland', is seeking a media and public affairs manager. The job entails 'positioning Forest as the point of reference for all smoker-related information and comment in Ireland, developing relationships with key national and regional media, drafting press releases, developing social media engagement and organising events'.
In response we issued this statement:
Forest: why we're advertising for a media and public affairs manager
The Irish Daily Mail today reports that Forest Eireann, the "voice and friend of the smoker in Ireland", is seeking a media and public affairs manager.
John Mallon, spokesman for the group which is supported by Forest UK which in turn receives donations from tobacco companies in the UK and Ireland, said:
"Smokers represent a significant minority of the population and yet they are increasingly marginalised and ignored by politicians of all parties.
"Consumers pay a huge amount of taxation on tobacco and they have a right to be heard by legislators. The state cannot take our money and refuse to engage with us.
"Health is important but so is freedom of choice and personal responsibility.
"Although some smokers want to quit, many people enjoy smoking. The health risks are very well known yet we rarely hear about the pleasure smoking brings to many people.
"It's time we had a balanced debate about tobacco and Forest is possibly the only group in Ireland that is prepared to stand up and defend adults who choose to smoke."
I can't imagine Forest UK's recruitment policy making the pages of the Daily Mail. The Observer, perhaps.
Update: Listen to John Masterson, stand-in presenter of KCLR FM's mid morning programme, commenting here.
Update: Click here to see the job description.