For National No Smoking Day (March 11th 2015) we asked the community how they felt about the current laws around smoking. It’s been almost 8 years since England was declared ‘smoke-free’, so should we follow Ireland’s suit and crack down on colourful packaging or has it all gone too far?
Here’s a snapshot of how the community feels:
"I think it's going quite well. I think it should be stricter, but it shouldn't be that we just ban everything outright, since that's unreasonable and will just annoy people. Better for us to continue our transition over time in my opinion."
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"I think we should all realise how absurd and frightening these laws are. The state is now telling people how to live their lives. The state is now directly intervening in our lives, and whether by coercion of price or outright bans, ensuring that the lifestyle choices that we should be left to make ourselves are made in ways it agrees with.
The harm principle should be what we base every piece of government legislation on: 'Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights'.
Frankly I am depressed by the state of this country today and the submissiveness of its people with regard to precisely this sort of statist nonsense. The government has no business interfering any more in smoking. It should let people alone to make their own lifestyle choices, and we should wake up as a nation and put it back in its place."
So, what’s your take on the smoking laws? Would you vote for increasing the price of cigarettes or perhaps banning them completely? Or do you think that individuals are losing their rights to choices and should have the freedom to smoke if they are well-informed on the dangers?
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No Smoking Day 2015
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