Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Smoking Ban

David Nuttall MP has introduced the Public Houses and Private Members’ Clubs (Smoking) Bill to Parliament today, with the intention of securing a smoking ban exemption for pubs and clubs.

Many Libertarians support this measure, as they argue that smoking, while it is bad for your health, is a personal choice, and therefore it should not be up to the Government to tell us whether to smoke or not.

I disagree.

Smoking is a personal choice, but it does not just affect the person making the choice. It affects everyone around them while they are smoking, as they are forced to inhale their smoke. This is putting other people's health at risk, when they have made no choice to do so.

Libertarianism is about accepting responsibility for your own personal decisions, not foisting the consequences of those decisions on someone else.

For that reason, I support the smoking ban.