Thank you - well said! I don't smoke cigarettes, in fact never have even tried one and have no desire to. I too do enjoy the occasional cigar (few times a year), sitting outside with a drink, while reading Slashdot on my phone
I am getting really tired of the governments and society feeling they need to protect everybody from their own stupid mistakes. As each day passes we live in more and more of a nanny state. I do believe it's important to ensure that minors and those without any choice to leave aren't subjected to second hand smoke. More importantly, we need to continue to educate people on the risks but stop banning the actions outright.
If someone wants to smoke, let them. If they want to become a crack addict, let them. But that's not to say there won't be any repercussions. I believe that in one of the European countries with public healthcare (most there do have that), there are certain restrictions on health insurance if you smoke. I believe that if you smoke, are diagnosed with an ailment as a result of smoking and then continue to smoke you can have your healthcare coverage reduced/cancelled.
Though this seems a bit draconian, I kind of appreciate it. I had a relative who smoked his entire life, who was forced to quite a few times before some surgeries that were related to smoking and over drinking. Time and time again, he would quit, have surgery, then go right back to smoking and drinking only to repeat the cycle. This is in Canada where we have public government healthcare for all. He taxed the healthcare system drastically due to HIS poor life choices.