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Smoke…No Fire

Passive smoking doesn’t give you lung cancer. So says a new report publicised by the American Cancer Institute which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone with a shred of integrity who has looked into the origins of the great “environmental tobacco smoke” meme. james delingpole

No doubt there are good reasons to prohibit indoor smoking: but it has been obvious for years that the health of non-smokers is not one of them.

Once that health question is settled – and the current report settles it pretty conclusively – then the rationale for an absolute ban vanishes. The poor wait staff (most of whom in my experience smoke) are not forced to risk their health.

From which one might conclude it would make sense to open a pub or bar where smoking was allowed.

As if.

Science be damned, the busy bodies won the smoking argument by main force. Many of them were aware that passive smoking was not a significant health hazard; but they didn’t like the smell, didn’t like the sight of smokers and certainly were not going to allow even the occasional smokers bar. And, I suspect, the smoking bans will stay in place even absent any health rationale.

The greater good – protecting people from their odious habits trumps the very concept that a bit of pleasure might be had with a pint and a cigarette. Not to mention the ridiculous idea that I have a right to make my own choices.

Science can no longer be invoked but “For your own good.” is a moralizers sharpest weapon. So I’ll be joining the other lepers 3 meters from the doorway of my local. As I live in Victoria, this is a wet nuisance – Lord knows the health consequences going outside in Calgary at the moment.

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