An Englishman’s home is his castle, the old saying goes in the UK.
One’s right to privacy, and one’s own property, is paramount.
And that may still be the case in the UK – but it may not be the case for very much longer in Canada.
New plans in Canada may see government officers bursting into the ‘private’ homes of smokers, to enforce the bans of smoking not just in the public places but in the freedom of our own homes. (See: The Smoking Police are Now Barging into Your Home!)
Why Is Smoking Being Banned In Homes?
The attack on privacy is being linked to the danger of second hand smoke.
The claim is that tiny amounts of drifting tobacco smoke, no matter how small, can lead to health risks for non-smokers.
But there’s very little evidence from that.
It’s true that there have been studies which have found that second hand smoke can cause health issues.
But there have also been studies that found it made no difference, or that it caused a positive health impact.
Of course, second hand smoke is unlikely to improve health. Many of these studies have been far too small to carry any statistical significance. And the two largest studies concluded that if there was an impact on second hand smoke on smokers, it was too small to find.
By cherry picking studies, it’s easy to prove any point that you want.
Increasingly, we are seeing spurious health claims being used to effect major intrusions into people’s rights. A tobacco control movement that started with noble aims (reducing the harm caused by smoking) has morphed into a group which encourages discrimination. (See: It’s official – Smokers are discriminated against and no-one cares.)
Thirdhand smoke, a claim which has been attacked by three medical professors as junk science, has been used to separate children from parents and to bar smokers from waiting rooms.
It’s something which should concern us all. Because once you find a justification to discriminate against one group of people, however strong the justification, you can then extend it discriminate against other groups of people.
Who’s next? The overweight, people who drink alcohol, people who like sugar? Or maybe all of them?