The smoking ban in England commences on the 1st July. The intention of the ban is to stop all smoking in enclosed public spaces to prevent the risks of passive smoking. With that in mind, I would like to ask a few questions:
1) Most companies employing smokers have had a smoking room fitted out with air filtration and ventilation to the open air. Non-smokers did not enter those rooms and therefore were not breathing in second hand smoke. Where was the passive smoking risk?
2) Air ports spent thousands of pounds building smoking booths that were totally enclosed and surrounded with filtration units. Again non-smokers did not enter those booths. Where was the passive smoking risk?
3) Now smokers must stand outside their places of work (even though there are perfectly safe rooms inside). Why are the shelters that can be erected for smokers, regulated to make them open to the environment (no front or sides) when non-smokers will not enter them? Where is the passive smoking risk?
4) Why can we not smoke in our homes if a council worker visits? (you MUST not smoke up to 30 minutes before they arrive) surely your home is not a public space?
5) If this is all about preventing passive smoking, why are anti-smoking campaigners trying to get smoking banned outside public buildings, when there is not a risk to non-smokers?
6) Why are privately own pubs, restaurants and private members clubs classed as public spaces? Absolutely no one is forced into them, nor do they need to enter them to gain access to a necessary public service. The people who work in these areas do so out of free will, I work in a dangerous environment and I do so out of free will.
7) In the last election the government promised to ban smoking only in those places that sell food. They have gone back on that promise, just like their promise to hold a referendum on the EU Treaty. They have lied to us and then they have rode roughshod over our civil liberties. The BMA have started to make noises about alcohol consumption, is that next for a ban?
8) How do you feel about your civil liberties? how free do you feel now? how free do you think you will feel in ten years time when you are constantly monitored by CCTV, your car and even your rubbish bin is chipped and you carry an ID Card with ALL your details on it?
How free will you feel?