Wednesday 22 February 2012


Can this really be an accurate quote?
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.”

“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]
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.

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