December 4, 2006
The forthcoming smoking ban on July 1 is an appalling attack on personal freedom and private property. No one is forced to enter a pub and no one is forced to work there. A pubs smoking policy should therefore be decided by the landlord or the owner, not the government. If there is a demand for non-smoking premises the market will provide. Already many restaurants have become non-smoking on an entirely voluntary basis. What will the nanny state do next - stop people smoking in their own homes?
Dr Richard Wellings
Deputy Editorial Director
Institute of Economic Affairs, London SW1