The cancer society has issued its own a clarion call to municipalities, asking them in a position paper to “join the growing trend” of smoke-free outdoor bylaws. The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control says outdoor bans protect families, and that even passing exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful, despite the “false sense that smoke blows away.”I'd thought the anti-tobbac were working hard to avoid the issue's being framed as one of personal liberties versus collective control. Maybe Walsh didn't get the memo.
“Smoking is not one of our rights and freedoms,” said Robert Walsh, the council’s executive director. “In a socialist country like Canada, we want regulations that will help people make the choices that will help the common good. It’s part of our culture.” [emphasis added]
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Can this really be an accurate quote?