Spiked

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Background

Spiked is an online magazine that is part of what is regarded as a network of pro-corporate libertarians who were affiliated with LM Magazine. It is currently edited by Brendan O'Neill and the ex-Times columnist Mick Hume.

Pro-Smoking

The magazine has a history of its own bloggers as well as known pro-smoking activists publishing articles attacking public health professionals, the smoking ban, the display ban, whilst downplaying the risks of second hand smoke, among other issues. Contributors include:

Against Plain Packaging

In April 2012, Spiked joined Forest's Hands Off Our Packs campaign. Brendan O'Neill, the editor of Spiked, said: “Plain packaging is a free speech issue, plain and simple." [14] To mark the occasion, Spiked ran articles by Chris Snowdon [15] and Patrick Basham [16].

Attending Industry Events

Spiked co-editor Mick Hume was listed as a speaker at the 2012 Global Tobacco Networking Forum, an annual tobacco-industry-funded event now known as the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum.[17]

Notes

  1. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "The fag end of advocacy research", Spiked Online, 3 July 2008, Accessed February 2012
  2. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "Cigarettes and celluloid: a dubious link", Spiked Online, 21 July 2008, Accessed February 2012
  3. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "Putting the government’s ignorance on display", Spiked Online, 11 December 2008, Accessed February 2012
  4. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "A year of myths about smoking and obesity" Spiked Online, 23 December 2008, Accessed February 2012
  5. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "Displaying their ignorance on smoking", Spiked Online, 29 April 2009, Accessed February 2012
  6. Patrick Basham, Displaying the truth about policymaking, Spiked Online, 13 August 2009, Accessed February 2012
  7. Patrick Basham and John Luik, "NYC: the city that never smokes",Spiked Online, 26 October 2009, Accessed February 2012
  8. Christopher Snowdon, "Health fears go up in smoke", Spiked Online, 2 December 2008, Accessed February 2012
  9. Christopher Snowdon, "Smoking out ‘deniers’ and ‘dissidents’", Spiked Online, 17 February 2009, Accessed February 2012
  10. Christopher Snowdon, ‘Smokers are now treated like lepers, Spiked Online, 16 June 2009, Accessed February 2012
  11. Christopher Snowdon, "The myth of the smoking ban ‘miracle’", Spiked Online, 24 September 2009, Accessed February 2012
  12. Suzy Dean, "Is anywhere free from the anti-smoking lobby?" Spiked Online, 19 June 2009, Accessed February 2012
  13. Joe Jackson, "How killjoys colonised Britain’s public houses", Spiked Online, 10 August 2009, Accessed February 2012
  14. Hands Off Our Packs, "Plain packaging is a free speech issue", 24 April 2012,
  15. Chris Snowdon, Old moralism in new packaging, Spiked Online, 24 April 2012
  16. Patrick Basham, Monkey see, monkey smoke? Spiked Online, 24 April 2012
  17. GTNF ANTWERP 2012: Look who is talking and what they are talking about, GTNF 2012 website, accessed 6 April 2012