Anti Smoking Vitriol. Its In The Very Fabric Of Society.

The Nursing Times ran an article in May about the call by The chairman of the Royal College of Physicians for a total ban on smoking in cars.

It doesn't take sides, it simply states the position of the RCP. Apparently a ban on somking in cars with children present will help prevent a whole heap of diseases, but the ban needs to be total for road safety reasons.
Prof Britton said even drivers who never had child passengers should get out of their cars before lighting up for reasons of road safety.

He doesn't go as far a suggesting a ban on smoking in homes, not because it would be wrong in so many ways but because it would be unenforceable.

Professor John Britton, chairman of the RCP’s tobacco advisory group, said legislation to ban smoking in the home would be unenforceable so instead views of “what is acceptable” had to be changed to protect the two million children who live in homes which allow smoking.

It doesn't say how he plans to change "views of what is acceptable".

The real nuggets come from the comments section. Here is a few cherry picked examples:

I am amazed this hasn't been put forward before now. It might be seen as a nanny state thing to do but sadly selfish people need to be nannied.

It is a disgusting, horrible and selfish habit and those idiots who continue to smoke should be either criminalised by making them illegal, or refused treatment on the NHS for a self inflicted illness.

Smoking is a disgusting, selfish habit and should be made illegal.


What about other peoples 'rights' to clean air? To walk through a town centre without some selfish idiot walking in front and blowing cigarette smoke in our faces, or to walk through doorways of public buildings without having to subject ourselves to a cloud of disgusting and lethal cigarette smoke every time?

AND I WILL REPEAT TO ALL THOSE BLINDED BY YOUR CLOUDS OF SMOKE, THE TOBACCO TAX DOES NOT FUND THE NHS, YOUR SELFISH IRRESPONSIBLE HABIT COSTS FAR FAR FAR MORE THAN IT WILL EVER PUT IN!!!!!!!!


I'm glad you think banning smoking is discriminatory, it should be. It is about time we did discriminate against the selfish, inconsiderate smokers out there!


how would you like it if I poured my can of Coke over your head as I passed you in the street? Or threw my half eaten sandwich in your face? You wouldn't? Then don't blow your smoke anywhere you please!!!

The informed and rationalised debate has left the building. Anti smoking is no longer a quest for truth, understanding or compromise; it's about hate and intolerance. The anti smokers want everything their own way. Unfortunately society has reached a point where the antis can stamp their feet and make childish demands on our freedom, yet it is we who will be called selfish.

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