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Was it something I wrote?

I must declare an interest.

On this day last year I wrote:

Something has always puzzled me about the honours list and it's this:

Why no gongs for the likes of Deborah Arnott, CEO of ASH; Sheila Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland; Fiona Andrews, director of Smokefree South West; or Andrea Crossfield, director of Tobacco Free Futures?

After all, it's titans of Tobacco Control like Deborah and Sheila who are often credited with introducing smoking bans and other measures that have saved tens of thousands of lives. Allegedly.

Surely they should receive recognition for their services to public health?

See New Year Honours: Arnott and Duffy overlooked again.

Well, there are still no gongs for Deborah and Sheila but, wait, what's this?

At least they're two of the nicer tobacco control campaigners. Next year, perhaps, they'll give one to Linda Bauld who comes into the same category (unlike some other people I could mention).

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Reader Comments (5)

Sorry Simon,

Driving force behind the smoking ban !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 13:43 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Andrea is also one of the lovely ladies who relentlessly pushes competitions for youths in the North West to make videos of rap songs with lyrics like, "Smokers stink! Smokers stink! Doncha think?" and make posters of Audrey Hepburn done up to look very ugly with her cigarette, and other smokers captioned with the word "UGLY". Then the children are rewarded with iPads, holidays to New Zealand and all sorts. Ms Crossfield really is one of the biggest drivers of hate, unfortunately.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 15:48 | Unregistered CommenterV

There were 3 Tobacco Control people in the Honours List. Dr Jean King " Formerly director of Tobacco Control CRUK" also got an MBE.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 16:08 | Unregistered CommenterEddie Douthwaite

Well done that man!

Fancy that eh? A smoker getting a gong...Trevor Bayliss a man worth more than all the anti-tobacco control nuts put together!

His contribution to the world speaks for itself vis a vis the sanctimonious nose-prodding zealots that infest every strata of our society...and whose contributions don't even amount to a hill of beans!

A very Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 7:31 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Smoke Free South West, Tobacco Free Futures and similar bodies along with Crossfield's position should all be axed. They are a waste of money and funding that our already broken NHS could well do without.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 17:00 | Unregistered Commentermark

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