February 14, 2006

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE...:

Britain gives up smoking (Philip Webster and David Charter, 2/15/06, Times of London)

SMOKING will be banned in all pubs, clubs and workplaces from next year after historic votes in the Commons last night.

After last-minute appeals from health campaigners, MPs opted for a blanket prohibition which will start in summer 2007, ending months of argument over whether smoking should be barred in pubs and restaurants only. They voted to ban smoking in all pubs and clubs by 384 to 184, a surprisingly large majority of 200.

Smoking will still be allowed in the home and in places considered to be homes, such as prisons, care homes and hotels. But there are difficult decisions to be made on exemptions for places such as oil rigs, where smoking outside the workplace would be dangerous.


Was it O. Henry who wrote the story about the guy who gets arrested just for the free meals?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 11:12 PM
Comments

Every O/S platform I have ever been on have safe smoking rooms located away from living quarters. No difficulty there. If you don't smoke stay out.

Posted by: Tom Wall at February 15, 2006 12:31 AM

Obviously the price of government health care must be government dictated healthy living. But, instead of outlawing smoking, simply cut off all insurance to those who participate in risky behavior:

- sex outside of marriage
- smoking
- driving an automobile
- not walking at least 5 miles per day

The Amish and old order Mennonites would have great free health care. The fact they already never get sick and live to 104 without ever visiting a hospital would dramatically cut government expenditures!

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 15, 2006 1:46 AM

OJ:

According to George Will, O. Henry wrote a story in 1906 in which cigarettes were referred to as "coffin nails." Seems interesting considering the common belief that older generations didn't understand the dangers of smoking.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 15, 2006 3:15 AM

Smokers know they're wheezers.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2006 7:17 AM

He tried to get arrested for the free meals, (and a warm place to sleep as winter was coming on) but as hard as he tried, he couldn't. Then, when he had resolved to better himself, he got picked up for vagrancy.

Posted by: Mikey at February 15, 2006 8:45 AM

Hitler hated smoking.

Posted by: RC at February 15, 2006 10:14 AM

I'm not arguing that smokers are worse than Hitler. Though he did kill himself by other means.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2006 10:23 AM

Don't they have libraries where you live?

Posted by: erp at February 15, 2006 7:31 PM
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