Thanks, socialized medicine and the onslaught of socialism in America. Soon perhaps we will see the furthering of state-mandated taxes against sodas and fast food and will follow in the footsteps of Canada, our socialist northern neighbors.
Reported from Toronto Sun’s Lorne Gunter, Canada’s new provincial health minister has decided to inflict an anti-smoking strategy on the Alberta smoking population: smoking is banned in private vehicles in which there is a passenger under age 18.
There is nothing I like about smoking. There’s nothing cool about it.
My father smoked when I was a kid — at the dinner table, watching TV, during family road trips. If ever I gave a thought to taking up the habit, his smoking cured me of it.
And then, of course, there are the very real, very dire health concerns.
But I am a non-smoker, not an anti-smoker.
The fact that any government believes it has the duty and the right to micromanage its citizens’ lives down to the level of whether they can smoke while driving their kids to school or lessons or the mall is disturbing.
It shows those in charge have no respect for personal responsibility or freedom. They acknowledge no limits on their authority to dictate individual behaviour in the name of making people better.