The march of prohibition was the subject of a conference held in Brussels this week where more than 100 people from Britain attended with others from around the world to register their protest at the current smoking ban and moves to control other aspects of our lifestyles. Pat Nurse finds out why… …smokers are finally hitting back at the puritans who she believes have made them social outcasts and why they feel the issue must be raised before the overweight and those who like an alcoholic tipple find themselves subject to the same kind of social hatred in future.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."