This is a serious question, and I'm looking for a serious answer.
Can anyone tell me the benefits that have resulted from the pogrom on smokers since 2004?
Then there is the decimation of the hospitality industry with one in eight pubs closing since 2004 with the attendant loss of employment. In times of recession and massive unemployment, is that welcome news?
The Irish pub was always a traditional meeting place in rural Ireland, particularly for the old and single. That avenue is now closed with the attendant isolation, depression and suicides. Is that a good thing?
Ireland is now one of the world's hotspots for cigarette smuggling which is hardly something to brag about?
So can someone PLEASE tell me what justifies this carnage?
And while you're at it, can you please explain to me why additional petty legislations such as plain packs or a ban on smoking in cars is suddenly going to turn the tide?