Well, I’ve said it many times in the past, but here’s Mark Hastings, communication director at the British Beer & Pub Association, saying it too – the anti-tobacco and anti-alcohol campaigns are two sides of the same coin:
Hastings claimed many lobbyists working for public health groups, who campaigned on tobacco, had moved across to focus on alcohol.
“The same skills set, the same tactics, the same people are involved with the issue of alcohol lobbying, that what’s gives it the profile it now has,” he said.
“Alcohol is the big issue at the moment and it’s absolutely essential that our industry gears up for what is going to be a considerable battle over the next few months and years.”
Let that be a reproach to all the short-sighted fools within CAMRA who thought the smoking ban might just be a good thing.