Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Party Politics of Smoking

One of the puzzles of the smoking ban has been the way in which all the main political parties appear to have decided that they don’t want the votes of smokers, all 10-15 million of them. Perhaps it’s a passive … Continue reading

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Smoking is Good For You – part 3

Smoking and drinking and eating are pleasant pastimes. It is perhaps not possible to explain exactly why this is so, but it nevertheless is so. It is somehow or other a great pleasure to sit at a table, and drink … Continue reading

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Psychotic Revenge Fantasies

The Devil’s Kitchen has been discussing drug decriminalisation, and it brought the following anonymous jibe: Been at the glue? Toked on a crack pipe? If so that would explain all the violent outbursts of rage and psychotic revenge fantasies I … Continue reading

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Premonition of Civil War

The smoking ban marked the end of toleration in Britain. Here was a law which said: “Smokers Not Welcome.” Here was a law that made intolerance mandatory. Here was a law that made the cheery pub landlord into the watchful … Continue reading

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The Individual and Society

I’m still puzzling over the various essays and arguments by professional antismokers over the past few days. One common feature to them seems to be an idea that society has a right, and perhaps even a duty, to intervene in … Continue reading

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The Antismoking Protection Racket

I completed an essay earlier this evening, and was all set to publish it, when somehow or other – maybe by pressing return instead of backspace – I lost the whole damn thing. Vanished. Gone. Usually when I write I … Continue reading

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Two More Professors

Another reader has pointed me to several 2006 essays by public health professionals. Professor Iain Crombie writes: It seems self-evident that adults should be responsible for their own health. This is consistent with the ethical principle of autonomy. An individual has … Continue reading

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