August 1st, 2014

Another Politically Correct ASA Ruling
Chris Smith’s Council Vetoes Criticism of Anti-Smoking Ad

asa-The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), chaired by renowned part-time floods expert Chris Smith, has bizarrely overturned a ruling by its executive criticising a “misleading” Department for Heath anti-smoking advert.

During an 18 month investigation, the ASA’s executive on three separate occasions upheld a complaint by smokers’ rights group Forest, which had accused a recent Department of Health ad campaign of being “misleading” and “omitting material information”. Yet this week the ASA council announced it was overruling its executive’s decision, instead suddenly finding that the Department of Health ad wasn’t misleading after all. Forest say the decision is “inexplicable”accusing the Department of Health of “doing everything it could to derail our complaint”. A full timeline of how the ASA stonewalled the investigation before mysteriously contradicting itself can be read here.

The ASA at the same time decided to uphold complaints by tobacco control groups about Japan Tobacco’s 2013 advert which reprinted a 2011 Department of Health email about the lack of hard evidence for plain packaging. Given “hard evidence” in the context of the advert could only have meant real-life, practical evidence that did not exist in May 2011 as no country in the world had introduced plain packaging, it was hardly misleading to reprint, in full, an email written by the Department of Health. All this is occurring with just over a week to go before the end of the third UK consultation on plain packaging and there still isn’t any hard evidence to show that it works.

The ASA has a long track record of making rulings against less politically correct causes such as anti-gay marriage adverts, anti-environmentalist adverts, Fathers4Justice adverts and pro-hanging adverts. Asked by its executive to find against a politically correct government anti-smoking advert, however, the ASA council headed by Lord Smith vetoed the recommendation. Yet another example of the ASA’s politically correct agenda…


117 Comments

  1. 1
    RomaBert... says:

    Another useless wonk on the gravy train!

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    • 3
      Dave says:

      Somebody has to do the job don’t they?

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    • 44
      The Growler says:

      I don’t smoke now anyway, that is up to the individual as long as they know the all the pros and Cons, carry on smoking Geedes, I had to to give up smoking because I was getting a lot of sick headaches, just carry on Gideon wants you to smoke because of all that lovely duty that you pay when you but your cancer sticks. I don’t know what they put in ciggies nowadays but they certainly smell like ciggies used to smell, ah the days climbing up to the top deck of a bus, the air so thick you could almost cut it with knife.

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    • 73
      RichUpNorth says:

      If Ed Millipede is weird-looking (he is) then Smith is extremely weird-looking…..and he’s a you-know-what.

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    • 76
      Socialism is a filthy disease that needs eradicating says:

      Castrate the faggot.

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    • 92

      If that man s jowels get any larger they will be wider than his waist .

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    • 113
      mandy (he knows who and what I am) says:

      Put Chris Smith up for the ‘Dick of the Year’ award. It would be difficult to find a more useless tub of lard anywhere. Like the river Parret he needs a good rodding. Ooooh!

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  2. 2
    Frank says:

    Well done Guido – supporting the advertising of a known cancer causing product with no benefits. I wonder how much you are being paid for your support by the tobacco industry. Scum-bag!

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    • 4
      bigmax says:

      We want our institutions to be impartial and fair, not to push some agenda no matter how “fashionable” it is.

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      • 9
        Socialism Ate My Future... says:

        Talking about pushing agendas, where’s the lefts / progressives self fawning victim card, with this fine example of the religion of peace?

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-31/saudi-man-receives-3-year-prison-sentence-and-450-lashes-being-gay

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      • 10
        Dave says:

        So being against a highly addictive drug which is advertised to children when the manufacturers get the chance, and harms the health of all, and kills many of its users is a”fashionable”?

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        • 16
          bigmax says:

          Oh dear, ruling against the advert was pushing the fashionable agenda. That’s what I meant and you know it. Don’t play word-games. Over and out!

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        • 20
          Socialism Ate My Future... says:

          It isn’t advertised to children unless I’ve missed something?!

          Education from mum and dad (delete as appropriate as I wouldn’t want to be un-PC) is far better than the state determining freedom of choice rather than the individual being fully aware of the risk and making that choice. Comprende?

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          • Fishy says:

            Did anyone see the Greenpeace, anti Shell / Lego demonstration earlier in the week, where they got lots of children, some of them pre-school to boo and hiss outside the Shell Building?

            A clear case of child manipulation and abuse if ever there was one. Even their accompanying video was aimed at influencing children.

            What a deeply sinister lot Greenpiss are.

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          • just asking says:

            Did the Greenpeace boss fly to the demo?

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          • I'm pointing a finger! No, not that one, the other one.. says:

            The Green Peas lot are as hypocritical as the Champagne Socialists are. Just how much (%) of their garden area is covered in Tarmac, Patio or Decking? How many miles do they drive/year? How many miles do they fly/year? How much of their shit do they recycle? Personally, having PV panels on your roof doesn’t make you ‘Environmentally Friendly’, it’s maily done to offset the excess amount of electricity they use. (although most paneling is bought from Communist China, so it could be construed as supporting a fellow oppressor-as the Greens are mostly ‘free market’ Communists)

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    • 45
      Post-coital fag says:

      Who says it has no benefits?

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    • 91
      idenisovich says:

      Thank you for demonstrating the viciousness stupidity and tendency to resort to ad hominem attacks so often associated with both the far left and tobacco control zealots. I suppose you think that it is perfectly OK for the DH to lie in support of your cause but some of us would prefer to live in a healthier society.

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    • 100
      Watching says:

      Proper Tobacco isn’t half as dangerous as they make out. It’s theadditives in cigs that do most harm.
      As for pipe Topbacco. Pipe smoklers live longer than non-smokers.
      Passive smoking is utter Bullshlt. Candles are more unhealthy.

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  3. 5
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Jowel reduction needed, Is that poliicaaaaly coorect?.

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    • 25
      Mr Quelch says:

      No, it’s a misspelling. Jowl.

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    • 61
      Fishy says:

      I think that you’ll find Smith is some sort of alien by the looks of him…he’ll be appearing in Dr Who sometime soon, when the rest of his body will slither out of the ill fitting humanoid shell it has taken over.

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  4. 6
    Rickytshirt says:

    Pommon Curpose.

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  5. 7
    FFS says:

    Smoking should be banned. End of.

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    • 11
      Dave says:

      If it weren’t for the billions put into advertising and bribing of opinion formers like Guido, it would be.

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      • 57
        The Growler says:

        “You’ll never be alone with a Strand” the last 30 seconds, and notice the price 3/2d or for all the youngster on this blog 16p

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        • 71
          Norm Normal says:

          And all those who smoked 40 strands a day now have cancer, dementia and alzheimers or are pushing up the daisies.

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        • 94

          BBC banned the song from their playlist because ” ..accused of promoting smoking ”

          Hello ? .. that is the whole point of any advert you wankers — to promote its product !!

          It s not going to transmit with the message STOP SMOKING A STRAND
          AND YOU LL NEVER BE ALONE –is it ??

          It seems even in thise far off halcyon days the BBC were already up their own collective arse when it came to being self appointed arbiters of allegedly ” good” taste !

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          • Whatever became of that STRAND advert actor . I thought he was good did he ever become “famous ” a la Big Fry s Giant Choc Bar man –George Lazenby !!

            I think he looks a lot like Richard Widmark (NOT Lazenby the STRAND man)

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      • 110
        Hume Anna Tee says:

        One of the many reasons I will never quit is that it annoys mean-minded, self-righteous cvnts like you.

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    • 12
      concrete pump says:

      Really..?.

      Then what..? Dr*nk*ng..?

      Fatty foods..?

      Bad language…?

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      • 27
        FFS says:

        Certainly obese people shouldn’t be allowed. They take up a huge amount of NHS money.

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        • 30
          concrete pump says:

          NHS money taxed from smokers.

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          • The Growler says:

            NHS, Geedes wouldn’t use that, only private health for Geedes, but cancer might not be covered by health insurance because of all those lovely get out clauses

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      • 96

        …being openly critical of sprogs filling up tube and buses fir the next six weeks with their free Passes they haven t yet contributed to qualifying for — just coz its the Sumner Holidays ?
        Can t we negotiate with N Korea to absorb them in their Summer Camp
        Re -Education Programme for the duration ?

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    • 47
      Enlightenment 2.0 says:

      Bans should be banned. End of.

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    • 101
      Watching says:

      Pipe smokers live loger than non-smokers.

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  6. 8
    Sarah Millington says:

    Kommon Purpoze

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  7. 13
    rinkydink123 says:

    How can someone as sexually feckless who doesn’t wear a condom and contracts HIV can lecture me on my health by smoking?

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  8. 14
    Teenager says:

    Smoking fags makes you look like Chris Smith?
    Fucking hell.

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  9. 15
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    One last cigarette Mr Smith?

    No.

    OK.

    Squad, ready, aim, Fire.

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  10. 17
    nermal says:

    The Millitwat is taking call on lbc at five, should be amusing.

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    • 41
      Mycroft says:

      Why? Is he using his cousins material?

      Listening to spaccer-ed make people dim, it is temporary but I am unsure of it’s long term effects, like smoking crack or similar I think.

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    BBC 24hr rolling bollocks says:

    A photo of Chris Smith on the side of any product would stop you using it.

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  13. 23

    History rhymes…

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  14. 26

    Surely the whole point of any advertising is to mislead?

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  15. 28
    Wankers says:

    What really pisses off the left is that fags are legal and cannabis isn’t.
    (bollocks to any health comparison because you need tobacco to roll a joint it’s the worst of both worlds)
    So they want to make life hard for all the ‘legal’ smokers.
    Typical lefty spite.

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    • 99

      Nah. It’s the Plymouth Brethren strain coming out again. Time to eject the bastards. Seeing that the American-Indians have stopped killing the buggers as soon as they land, we’ll have to persuade them to find somewhere reachable by sea but quite unattractive. How about Murmansk?
      As for Smith, as long as they take his radio-active arsehole as well as the health warning, the Russians will probably oblige by shooting the lot. Well all those Reserves they’re calling up need targets to practice on.

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    • 106
      Robert Marley says:

      The Government, by virtue of it being elected by a ‘Manifesto’ that doesn’t include ANY of the above, actually has NO RIGHT to tell you how to live your life. Sure, if you inflict pain or infringe on other peoples’ rights, then sure. If not, then they should FO. It’s not my opinion, it’s fk’in FACT. Legalise Weed. Why? Because whatever I do in my fk’in House is MY BUSINESS, NOT YOURS.

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  16. 29
    concrete pump says:

    South Park covered this, Rob Reiner got ripped a new one.

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  17. 31

    Ch!nese Scooby Snacks:

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Yes To Plain Packs! says:

    Smoking tobacco is profoundly harmful to health, significantly increases the risk of developing a range of serious illnesses and accelerates the signs of ageing. It is also anti-social behaviour, polluting and befouling the air that others have to breathe.

    With the advent of e-cigarettes, there is no longer any excuse for nicotine addicts to satisfy their craving through the burning of noxious tobacco. But more needs to be done to eliminate the vile scourge of tobacco smoking once and for all.

    Say YES YES YES TO PLAIN PACKS

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    • 51
      Rickytshirt says:

      Say sod off to stupid as $hit ideas that have failed elsewhere.

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    • 102
      Watching says:

      Pipe smokers live longer than non-smokers, so up yours, you duped twat.

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    • 108
      Micro Mealy-Causing Fatty Disease Because I'm Easy says:

      Yeah! and making food taste more bland is a way to stop all the ‘big-boned’ community to get slimmer! BTW, since when did your vote include the subtext of ‘dictating to others’ what they can, or cannot do, with their lives?’- Just wondering….

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  20. 40
    Secret Squirrel says:

    Looks like Chris has a special pouch in his cheeks like mine.
    Is that where he keeps his nuts?

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  21. 42
    Norm Normal says:

    Yesterday I took a relative to one of those scummy inner city NHS hospitals that are the envy of the world.

    Half the patients I saw there were smokers, drinkers, druggies or fatties. Why do the rest of us have to pay for those that are careless with their life styles and expect miracle cures at someone else’s expence?

    I agree institutions must be fair but when will forest agree to have the health records and causes of death for their members and staff publicly audited?

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    • 74
      The Growler says:

      By the time someone realises they have lung cancer it’s probably too late, they can only prolong their lives, the same for prostate cancer and bowel cancer and if the cancer has gone walkies next to no chance.

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  22. 43
    ASA says:

    Smoking Cock good
    Smoking fags bad

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  23. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Let`s hope that Yang can find his Ying.

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  24. 48

    Good news from Europe:

    But according to Mr Ed, a horse is a horse, of course of course, not a cow.

    And vice versa…

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  25. 50
    Person Non Grata says:

    What’s to be made of this mad c*nt then.

    From Ukrainian TV station financed by US and Dutch governments, and Soros’s international renaissance fund.

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  26. 54
    Penfold says:

    The proles have to be led and directed, dissidence to the central message is not allowed, so its always useful to have those that are on-line with the agit-prop to provide the Common Purpose message.

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  27. 55

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  28. 59
    half man half something else says:

    leave me alone

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  29. 60

    Breaking:

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  30. 65
    Will says:

    These quangocrats get everywhere polluting the environment let cull the quangocrats and make it illegal for individuals to hold more than 1 public position at any time.

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  31. 78
    Ad hock says:

    What a toad that man Smith is! He should be catching flies not running quangos – or anything else for that matter!

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  32. 79
    And the BBC did'nt know! says:

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  33. 83
    These anti smoking fascists are scum. says:

    Stuff them. I will smoke if I want to and I do not co operate with fascists.

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      Watching says:

      Pipe tobacco should be supplied by the NHS because pipe smokers live longer than non-smokers.

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  34. 88
    Juan Coeur says:

    Have any of your readers noticed the resemblance:

    I wonder if by any chance they could be related?

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  35. 90
    I am not giving up for anti smoking fascists. says:

    Why don’t these anti smoking fascists just fuck off and do one? They are fooling no one with their endless tripe. Blow smoke in their faces! Utter scum.

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  36. 109

    Just another trougher looking for power

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  38. 114
    Anonymous says:

    “Politically Correct”
    As long as personal preferences don’t impinge on the rights of others, who cares what sections of the population choose to do? Although everything in life has a tariff. So if there is a real, present, and proven danger of incurring a costly infirmity from said act. Shouldn’t dealers be constrained to include additional insurance deductions in the price? Otherwise eventually it’ll be a case of: This is another fine fracking mess we’ve been gotten into…

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  39. 115
    Anonymous says:

    You smoke you are a pariah and that is it. Smokers once said when non smokers are the majority then the majority could rule on smoking. WE ARE the majority and you aint died quick enough. So we ban cigs. Get used to it. It aint freedom to smoke Forest. It is freedom to tell polluters to go forth…

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  40. 117
    krb981 says:

    I think the fat poof’s turning into a pelican…….

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