As Chris Snowdon reports:
...seven years of essentially static smoking rates from 2006 to 2013, at a time when graphic health warnings, display bans, plain packaging and banning smoking in pubs, in cars and outdoors were all introduced with great fanfare.
Yet we're told that 'something must be done' and a new generation of controls and restrictions are brought in to try and make life for the smoker intolerable. It is the only high profile public strategy - 'denormalise' smoking through bans, hiding the fags away, plain packs, endless price hikes and ever more draconian limits to where you can actually smoke.
At some point someone has to cotton onto the fact that it simply isn't working and to adopt a genuine harm reduction approach rather than the callous, inhuman 'quit-or-die' strategy of the health fascists.