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Mon, Feb. 1st, 2010, 06:03 am
Sometimes policies are intended to have consequences.

That includes hurting businesses policy-makers think should be hurt.

UK Health Secretary Andy Burnham proposes to toughen up anti-smoking laws. The pro-smoking business lobby protests:

Christopher Ogden, chief executive of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, said the plans would “do nothing to meet public health policy objectives, but will instead impose further unwarranted restrictions on legitimate businesses and private citizens alike”.

Ahem. From earlier in the article:

Firm action against smoking during the past decade, such as banning advertising and raising the age of purchase from 16 to 18, has reduced to 21% the proportion of people who smoke. Ministers now want to get that down to 10% by 2020.

Imposing restrictions on businesses and private citizens is very clearly part and parcel of public health policy objectives.

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Mon, Feb. 1st, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)

My sister-in-law complains that because she lives (two floors) above a pub she gets lots of smoke wafting up from the smokers that can't smoke inside any more. I'm not sure I have a simple solution to that one.