Thursday, December 16, 2004

Stubbing it out

There are those crying foul at the government plan to limit smoking in public places.

I don't think that it goes far enough. Smoking should be prohibited in all bars and restaurants.

I accept that this impinges on the liberty of the minority who smoke, but it is a simple health and safety issue for me. If you work in any other industry, you expect your employer to protect you from hazardous gases, but if you work in hospitality, you are expected to work in a fug of carcinogenic smoke. For the sake of these people - expected to work unsocial hours for some of the lowest rates available - we should ban it.

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