I see rumours abound in the UK over a new smoking law.
This is the one where they set a date, and anyone born after that date won’t be allowed buy cigarettes. Are they serious? I know they are trying this in New Zealand but I thought they had more sense in the UK. There again, if the UK does bring in the law then we of course will have to follow suit [we can’t be seen to be lenient on smokers after all?].
This law sound to me like some brainwave scribbled in desperation in a [fag] packet by someone frantically trying to think up new ways to screw smokers. It sounds very clever – in a single generation, smoking will be illegal. But have they really thought it through?
Two middle aged men walk into a shop. One can legally buy cigarettes but the other can’t? The younger of the two is firmly in the grasp of Nanny when his year older friend isn’t and can legally buy as many fags as he likes?
How exactly is it going to work? Is every adult supposed to carry around a card giving date of birth? Is a shopkeeper supposed to refuse a beefy thirty year old because he isn’t carrying proof?
The black market must be rubbing their collective hands in anticipation – a guaranteed annual increase in the customer base?
Does anyone remember the reason the first anti-smoking laws were brought in?
To protect bar staff?