November 15, 2004

Smoking Ban Good News

The government is preparing to introduce a white paper that will ban smoking in public places including offices but not in pubs who do not offer "prepared food" and private clubs who vote to keep smoking. While not the blanket 'public places' ban many people want it is certainly a good move. A recent survey estimated that more than 40% of deaths in some poorer areas are smoking related, with at least 10% of those 'passive smoking' deaths. With so many lives at stake it is worth the inevitable 'nanny-state' label if this offensively high death rate is to be reduced further.