a reply to: crostkev
Good - some common sense from the Government. We don't get that very often.
As for the "harm" from passive smoking, I never really bought into that. When I was a lad, in the 1980's, my Mum smoked in the house, in the car,
wherever. We also frequented the Sgt's Mess often and that was so smoky I used to play with the sun rays through the window and how they'd light the
Despite all that constant exposure, I was physically very fit - at 15 I did a bleep test that would have seen me easily pass any fitness test for the
Royal Marines. I could run all day and often would play football for an entire weekend, dawn till dusk without any issue.
All that said, my fitness took a tumble when I actually started smoking - not till I was 16 and then out of curiosity rather than peer pressure - so
I'm not claiming smoking isn't bad for you.
I do have an e-cig now, primarily for use in the car or at home while saving the roll-ups for work. I have to admit, when I do use it I feel
"cleaner". It's hard to describe, but if I spend a whole day smoking tobacco, I feel dirty by the end of it. I also have noticed I can breath
easier and feel more energetic.
So far, I have not noticed any kind of problem directly, so any passive impact has to be minuscule if even non-existent.
The knee-jerk "ban it, we don't know enough" response from the WHO has rankled me a bit. It seems that the standard response to anything is "ban
it" when, wherever you look, prohibition never works.
I can, sadly, see a time when tobacco will be totally banned. Personally, I do not understand why Governments feel the need to tell everyone what they
can and cannot ingest. Some like to bring up health costs to those "non smokers", but we already pay far more in tax than smoking related diseases
take out of the economy and if it's really an issue, they should amend our tax codes so that "smokers" (or anyone else in a high risk group) pays
an extra 0.5% on top of their National Insurance to cover any "extra costs". That would be the simpler way and would then leave people to make their