Please stop thinking about our kiddies
Regular readers will be aware that I'm a smoker, although I don't smoke that many cigarettes. In fact, I've often gone a few months without lighting up and then, usually on a night out, I crave a Carrolls.
At this stage, every smoker knows it's not a great idea. But the levels of smug, hectoring finger-wagging directed against smokers is something which should dismay anyone who believes in the rights of the adult to make their own choices.
Unfortunately, we live in a more prissy time than ever before, where even petty bureaucrats get to issue diktats about things which simply aren't their business. The latest example of such social engineering comes from Nottinghamshire County Council which has banned staff from taking a ciggie break or even smoking on their way to work.