Thursday 10 June 2004 8.26am
HP. You're a health Nazi. (You did ask for someone to call you this).
Seriously though, I think that banning smoking in pubs etc, while continuing to allow the sale (and taxing) of cigarrettes is the wrong way to go about it.
If you want to ban smoking altogether, then ban the sale of cigarrettes, don't ban smoking in the pub.
I favour a minimum level of mandatory no smoking provision, and then leave it up to the free market. If there are so many people who don't smoke (and who feel so strongly about it that they are staying away from bars because of the smoky atmosphere) then that's a great opportunity for a far-sighted businessperson.
The market can regulate this. The Government does not need to.
[And if smoking is first, what's next?]
...if you press it, they will come.