A couple of things I came across today.
The late physicist Fred Singer on second-hand smoke:
According to David Biello and John Pavlus in Scientific American, Singer was best known for his denial of the health risks of passive smoking. He was involved in 1994 as writer and reviewer of a report on the issue by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, where he was a senior fellow. The report criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their 1993 study about the cancer risks of passive smoking, calling it “junk science”. Singer told CBC’s The Fifth Estate in 2006 that he stood by the position that the EPA had “cooked the data” to show that second-hand smoke causes lung cancer. CBC said that tobacco money had paid for Singer’s research and for his promotion of it, and that it was organized by APCO. Singer told CBC it made no difference where the money came from. “They don’t carry a note on a dollar bill saying ‘This comes from the tobacco industry,'” he said. “In any case I was not aware of it, and I didn’t ask APCO where they get their money. That’s not my business.” In December 2010 he wrote in American Thinker that he is nonsmoker who finds second-hand smoke an unpleasant irritant that cannot be healthy; he also wrote that his father, a heavy smoker, died of emphysema when relatively young. According to Singer, he serves on the advisory board of an anti-smoking organization, and has never been paid by Philip Morris or the tobacco lobby.
Also author Naomi Klein in conversation with Ed Miliband:
Naomi Klein 38:00 : “I often say that I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, and it wasn’t that I didn’t know smoking was bad for me. I knew. I stopped smoking when my government basically turned me into a complete pariah by banning smoking in restaurants and bars, and I found myself in a very cold climate, shivering, outside, alone, miserably sucking on a cancer stick, and I just thought that it wasn’t a good look, and I eventually just gave it up.”
Ed Miliband: “Very sensible.”
Naomi Klein: “Sometimes we need the help of government regulations. I’m willing to admit that I’m weak in that way.”
She was not at all bothered at what her own government had done to her. And neither was former UK Labour leader Ed Miliband.
But I think this was a terrible thing to have done to people.