In my view smokers who currently stand outside a pub or restaurant having a fag should have to stand at least several yards away from the front door, to save the 79% of us who don\’t smoke from breathing in their smoke when we go in or out. We should curtail the rights of the 21% and increase their responsibilities towards the 79%. In other words, we should stop them killing us and our children.
Studies estimate that about 11,000 people a year die because of passive smoking. This isn\’t nanny statism, Big Brother, or wrongful interference in people\’s personal freedoms – it\’s the right thing to do to protect the health of the vast majority of us who don\’t smoke from the declining minority who do.
Smoking should be banned in cars, and particularly any vehicle with children in it. On a school visit I met a 12-year-boy who wanted to be an athlete who told me that every morning his mother lit up when she was driving to school, even though he\’d begged her to stop. He should be able to report her to the police.
It should also be illegal to smoke at home in front of children. I accept that enforcing such a law would be difficult, but it would send a message that such behaviour is unacceptable.
Absolutely nothing like a liberal at all.