Smoking in cars with children present will be outlawed in England from 1 October, after MPs voted in favour of the measure.
The vote passed by 342 to 74. Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said it was a “significant victory for protecting children’s health from second-hand smoke”.
That’s 342 credulous idiot MPs, who have been persuaded (on zero evidence) that tobacco smoke is harmful to children.
As someone who grew up surrounded by tobacco smoke (and all sorts of other smoke as well), I can report that it’s completely harmless.
More disturbing, H/T Tony, is this report via Nanny Knows Best that the public in Bristol (where a voluntary park smoking ban was recently introduced) are being encouraged to punch smokers:
There seem to be no depths to which some antismokers (in Bristol’s NHS, it would appear) will not sink in order to enforce their demands. Although, as always, they want somebody else to do it.
Not that punching smokers is a new idea. One blogger was recommending exactly that in NYC back in 2008:
That’s why I propose an annual “Punch A Smoker” day. New York City should be the one to start this – we’ve already got some of the strictest anti-smoking laws in the country, and every New Yorker’s got enough repressed frustration in them to take a swing at somebody.
The pithiest comment beneath:
Just let us know when the day is, and we smokers will be ready for antismoking Nazis like you. With meat cleavers.
And before I forget, Sitting is the new Smoking, according to Apple.
The Apple Watch will tell those wearing it to go for a walk every hour, to keep them fit and because “sitting is the new cancer”, according to Tim Cook.
The remarks are part of a general health focus for the app, which will track heart rate as well as other activity data and can feed it to the iPhone for more scrutiny.
The watch gives off a small vibration every hour, just before the hour, according to Cook. That prompts people to move because some doctors believe that sitting is the new cancer, he said.
Business Insider speculated that Cook misspoke and meant to say that sitting was the new smoking, in that it can give you cancer.
The buzzing has worked well in testing at Apple, Cook said at a Goldman Sachs investor event last night.
“We have a lot of people using the Apple Watch at Apple, and ten minutes before the hour, suddenly they all get up and move,” Cook said, according to Macrumors. “It took a little to get used to, but it’s great.”
What a bummer of a watch to have, that nudges you every hour to get some exercise.
And who cares what some doctors believe? Some doctors believe anything.