Rob Lyons on smoking bans:
A quarter of the population is actively engaged, at some time or other, in the pastime of smoking; and most of the rest of the population was once happy to tolerate that pastime. Yet a noisy minority, joining forces with governments that are increasingly keen to micromanage our most personal affairs and behaviour, has managed to criminalise a perfectly normal activity. This state of affairs has been accepted with barely a murmur of protest.
“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and … breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson