The Campaign Against Tobacco Control Funding
The tobacco industry and its allies have long campaigned to neutralise their opponents by cutting off their funding, especially public funds.
Attacking ASH and others
In recent years, there has been a concerted campaign by pro-smoking groups linked to Forest to attack the public funding of ASH and other tobacco control organisations.
A year later, after Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, had pledged to prevent local authorities and quangos employing external public relations consultants to lobby government, Forest published a report it had commissioned on the public funding of ASH, No Smoking Day, the Regional Smoke Free Organisations as well as the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, including the University of Bath.
Although commissioned by Forest, the organisation did not put its name as publisher of the report, which was also unauthored. 
The report was then picked up by the pro-smoking, libertarian groups such as the Adam Smith Institute, The Institute of Economic Affairs and the TaxPayers Alliance, creating an “echo chamber” of criticism.
- Angela Harbutt, from Liberal Vision, who would later move to front Forest's Hands Off Our Packs campaign. 
- Mark Littlewood blogged on the story at the Institute of Economic Affairs arguing that "for taxpayers’ money to be given over" to such causes as the tobacco control community was "wholly unacceptable." 
None of the groups criticising the public funding of tobacco control declared whether they had received tobacco industry funding.
Attacking SmokeFree South West's Funding
In January 2102, SmokeFree South West was one of various groups involved in the launch of the Plain Packs Protects Campaign. Soon after, all 14 Primary Care Trusts that fund SmokeFree South West started receiving FOI requests. See FOI: SmokeFree South West.
- Matthew Sinclair, Taxpayer Funded Lobbying and Political Campaigning, The TaxPayers Alliance
- Forest, "Government Lobbying Government" - The Case of the UK Tobacco Control Industry, October 2010
- Simon Clark, Simon Clark: The state should stop giving anti-smoking groups public money to lobby the Government, Conservative Home, 27 October 2010
- Angela Harbutt, Time to bin ASH before it trashes another part of the economy, Liberal Vision, 25 October 2010
- Sam Bowman, The anti-smoking boondoggle, 27 October 2010
- Mark Littlewood, Coalition Should Stop Funding Anti-Smoking Groups, 28 October 2010
- Matthew Sinclair, Lots more taxpayer funded politics, 28 October 2010
- BigBrotherWatch, The Vested Interests of the Anti-Smoking Lobby, 10 March 2011
- Angela Harbutt, ASH abuse of public money must end, 22 June 2011
- Hands Off Our Packs, Public money used to lobby government on plain packaging, 2 April 2012