Friday, October 24, 2003

Norwegian dud

A new and illiberal law will come into force in Norway next year banning smoking in public places. As someone who barely smokes, I would not miss coming home smelling of cigarette smoke. But the notion that smoking represents a health risk is wrong - if there is a risk, it is very small indeed.

There is a big difference between smoking at work or on public transport, where you have no choice over being there, and smoking in pubs and restaurants, where I believe customers should have the choice.

What laws like this do is provide further subtle control over how we live, and all in the name of our good health.

BBC NEWS | Health | Norway gets tough on smoking


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