Thanks, gilster. Interesting piece.
I notice that it is still heavy on compromise, which has proved to be ineffectual where smoking is concerned, and also contains a strong belief that smoking bans have something to do with cleaining the air. From the Manifesto Club Thinkpiece (p.9), "It is a good thing that we now enjoy a better quality of life,and part of this is not being involuntarily exposed to other people ’s smoke as we ﬂy off on foreign holidays..." Yet, immediately following the complete smoking ban on airplanes, see The New York Times
(June 6, 1993), "Frequent Fliers Saying Fresh Air Is Awfully Thin at 30,000 Feet" at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.h ... 958260&sec
. Also see "Study claims aircraft air quality causes DVT" at http://news.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/ ... ms_ai.html
. Also see the recent EPA report on how post-ban air tends to be very unhealthy--I didn't save the reference to this article and, evidently, nobody else did either, which is a shame.
The result is that this Manifesto piece sounds like people trying to rationalize a smoking ban that has caused serious problems in society in terms of economy and liberty. The most commendable thing about the piece is that it does encourage people to be courteous
. The erosion of courtesy and friendliness in society has everything to do with how the banning mentality has grown.