Frank Davis

Bad news, I’m afraid. Frank Davis died in his sleep on Friday night. It was peaceful and painless, which is a mercy at least.

Franks was always a calm and steady voice among the blogging world. He wasn’t given to the wild rantings I, and others, sometimes give vent to, even though he faced the same smoker-persecution as the rest of us.

Well, now he’s gone to the Great Smoky-Drinky in the sky. I hope he saves us all a seat because we all go there in the end.

Rest in peace, Frank. We’re going to miss you.

33 thoughts on “Frank Davis

  1. What a shame. I was at the same school and in the same year. We were not close then but did know and like each other. We met up again in 2012 when I contacted him after realising from his blog that he was the same Davis I was in chokey with all those years ago………and we remained in touch. He was a fine boy and a very nice and intelligent man.

    RIP Frank.

    Johnny Howson

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  2. Terribly, terribly sad news. Frank had some of the best insights and strength of energy of any of us fighting for Free Choice.

    When COVID first hit I know that I, like many of us, assumed that the early reports about devastation among smokers must be at least close to the truth: after all, how could even the Antis sink so low as to take advantage of a world crisis and potentially millions of innocent deaths by using it as the basis for such a monstrous lie as their “Smokers 14x As Likely To Die” headline campaign? Frank was one of the first to see through that lie and gather the facts and analysis that showed it and publicized it as a lie. I think that is something we will all remember him for.

    Emily, thank you deeply for writing this to let us know: I’m sure it’s something that Frank will greatly value and appreciate from wherever he is.
    And Frank, rest assured that the rest of us will keep your contributions and memory alive, and will most certainly continue the fight that you gave so much to.

    Michael, with great sadness.

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  3. Although it had drifted down to a few faithful regulars, Frank’s smokydrinkybar virtual audio video pub had kept going since its creation at least a couple of years ago, and there were up to 10 of us present last Saturday night UK time, after this news, sharing and remembering.

    There’ll likely be another gathering this next week, perhaps 9-10pm UK time, or even earlier?
    Some of you were there in the early days, for a visit or two, so why not catch up again?
    That’s Saturday UK time, used to be Friday. Maybe 9-10. Last week through ’til 3-4am …

    You get a preview, you have to give webcam and microphone permissions of course.

    Well, it might be nice to see new and old faces again or for the first time, or for a while?

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  4. I will miss Frank too. The thing, in the end, even if it seemed expenditure of energy and keystrokes in vain, was to keep buggering on, and Frank did.

    “And so he passed over. And All The Trumpets Sounded For Him On The Other Side.”

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    • “After this it was noised abroad that Mr. VALIANT-FOR-TRUTH was taken with a summons by the same post as the other; and had this for a token that the summons was true, that his pitcher was broken at the fountain.

      “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.”
      ~ Ecclesiastes 12:6 ~

      “When he understood it, he called for his friends, and told them of it. Then said he, “I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage; and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought his battles who now will be my Rewarder.” When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the riverside; into which as he went he said, “Death, where is thy sting?” And as he went down deeper, he said, “Grave, where is thy victory?” So he passed over; and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.”

      The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part Two John Bunyon

      Vale Frank Davis, Mr. VALIANT-FOR-TRUTH.


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  5. It is very sad news. I didn’t intend to comment, but I have been thinking about Frank’s contribution towards helping me to frame some of my own opinions.

    What I mean is that he commented on other cases of discrimination and persecution, equating them with smoker discrimination, when the rest of the world probably wouldn’t have made such a comparison and would probably have found the idea of such links to be offensive, such is the propaganda, but he usually had a point.

    Frank also, of course, stopped believing in “experts” period and rightly so. It was refreshing to read his emphatic insistence about this. It probably sounded ridiculous to many, but it is certainly my own experience with doctors, vets, politicians, solicitors and even myself. I have held jobs for many years and would barely have described myself as proficient let alone an “expert”. I suspect that the real experts, if they exist at all, are quiet types who do all the donkey work behind the scenes and whose endeavours end up being distorted by the few, usually fake, “experts” who are permitted to have air time to spew their own warped interpretations of the evidence and which distortions then become the “truth”. Good on Frank for seeing through the baloney.

    I hope that wherever he is now, he is better understood and has a social life again, which he often reminded us was completely destroyed with the smoking ban. You could tell that it was a cause of much pain in his life, but he was nevertheless reluctant to be a part of that particular ‘new normal’, such as only going to the pub when it was nice enough to sit in the beer garden. I wish the antis could understand the immense damage they have done to millions of people’s lives, especially, I suppose people like Frank who lived alone. Well, I’m sure they understand (as best as they are able) but accept the collateral damage anyway for the sake of their impossible Utopia.

    Frank also taught me something interesting due to his manmade climate change scepticism. How many firm adherents beating the climate change drum have constructed their own computer climate models like he did? I suspect a number very close to zero. Whether he was right or wrong, just this plain fact means he deserved to be listened to respectfully and more so than those who blindly believed the climate models of the “experts” and in doing so did not have to invest any effort in the process of formulating their own opinions.

    Bravo to Frank for keeping up the fight for so long.

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  6. Hi all – I wanted to let everyone know that a memorial service for Frank has been scheduled for November 5. There will also be a webcast option to watch the service. If anyone in the UK would like to attend the service in person, or if anyone internationally is interested in the webcast, please email me at and I can send you the details. The webcast details will not be available until a bit closer to the date but I will keep track of everyone who contacts me and make sure everyone gets the details as appropriate.

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