With England’s newly enacted ban on smoking nearly everywhere comes the predictable campaigns that accompany prohibition. A particularly nasty, yet laughably childish, secondhand smoke “public announcement” caught the eye of John Luik and provides fodder for a mature discussion of managing risk.

Banning smoking in so-called public places, of course, is the current favourite tactic in anti-tobacco’s crusade against the humble tobacco leaf. England banned smoking based in part, ostensibly, in response to report on government’s role in managing health risks. Needless to say, although the report was quite clear, the anti-tobacco machine and its sympathisers in government ignored or distorted the report to make it fit into their view, no matter the facts. Mr. Luik sets the record straight.



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