Anti-smoking’s Chapman tells UK artist to butt out

Coverage of Professor Chapman’s trip to Britain extolling the virtues of Australia’s plain packaging legislation sparked a letter from Mr Hockney railing against people who “try and control the quiet lives of others” and who are “fanatical… haters of tobacco”.

“Why doesn’t Mr Chapman debate with a good and satisfied customer of the tobacco companies?” Mr Hockney wrote, adding he was “fed up to the teeth with people who think they really know what health is”.

Professor Chapman should debate with “someone who is not a professional agitator, who knows there is no such thing as a professional smoker but knows there are hundreds of dreary, professional, highly paid anti-smokers”, he wrote.