New smoking rules are a threat to freedom

Matthew Lesh writes for The Telegraph

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has written for The Telegraph on the impact that implementing proposals from a recent review into tobacco policy would have on our civil liberties.

The review, authored by Dr Javed Khan, proposes a smoking ban in beer gardens, an annual increase of the smoking age and many more restrictive policies.

Matthew argues that such policies would have grave ideological implications.

“Nanny statists explicitly no longer believe that adults should be able to make decisions regarding their own health.”

“Once we accept this pernicious logic – that it is the state’s role to prevent us from making decisions about our own bodies – it effectively marks the end of all our liberty.”

Read the full article here.

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