Some good news from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada for a change. A proposal to ban smoking on patios has ended. For now. We report the take of a reader.

‘Finally some sanity. Getting rid of the smoking ban would have been better news though. There isn’t any credible proof of harm from second hand smoke, nor is there ever likely to be any. The so-called proof that has been bandied about by some in the anti-tobacco movement is merely statistical and you cannot show causation using statistical science.

The function of epidemiology is to discover whether there is sufficient cause to warrant doing expensive, lengthy and repeated clinical studies. These studies have never been done. The preponderance of the statistical studies that have been done states that there is not any statistical evidence of harm from second hand smoke. Perhaps Sir Richard Doll put it best when he stated in 2001: "The effect of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn’t worry me."

He is considered by many to be the "father" of the anti-tobacco movement because of his work linking smoking and lung cancer.’



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