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EU Commissioner: Smoking Bans not Draconian Enough

Posted by rantingkraut on October 29, 2008

EU Commissioner Vladimir Špidla seems to be upset that not all member states are as draconian as the UK in implementing the smoking ban:

Smoking bans currently differ widely across the EU. While Ireland was the first EU country to make its pubs and restaurants smoke-free, puffing cigarettes is still allowed in some pubs in Germany and Belgium. And smoking is still common in both bars and restaurants in central and Eastern European countries like Hungary and Romania.” (source)

Clearly, such differences can’t be tolerated. This would be bordering on subsidiarity.


One Response to “EU Commissioner: Smoking Bans not Draconian Enough”

  1. michaeljmcfadden said

    In pushing for the EU wide ban, the EU Antismokers stated, “The purpose of the ban, which would include outlawing smoking in bars, restaurants and pubs across the EU, would be to reduce the health risks posed by passive smoking.”

    And that of course, to put it politely, is simple nonsense. As Lady Elaine Murphy of the British House of Lords put it to me in an email a year or so ago, “The aim is reduce the public acceptability of smoking and the culture which surrounds it.”

    There are no studies showing any real degree of long term harm from the low levels of smoke normally encountered in modern bars, restaurants, or businesses with decent ventilation and the antismoking lobbyists know that. BUT… it’s still not quite politically acceptable to publicly admit to social engineering so they continue to wave the flag about “secondhand smoke” and “workers health” even when they know it’s a lie.

    To see more about how and why they lie, read the “Stiletto” at . . . . . It’s short and one-sided, but it’s honest and its facts are accurate. Smoking bans are bad laws based upon lies and they deserve no more respect than the Informers that make them possible.

    Michael J. McFadden

    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

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