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.
Such a blanket ban is bad enough, although hardly unusual in a climate where everybody feels like they have the right to tell everybody else how they should live their life.
But while such prohibitions are irritating, one of the reasons the jobsworths provided for their decision is enough to chill the blood: "Another reason for encouraging staff to give up smoking is that they become better role models for their children and the children are less likely to start smoking in the first place if their parents are non-smokers."
Forget about your own views on smoking, do you really want to work for someone who wants to tell you how to raise your own children?
What's next, removing kids from the homes of parents who smoke? Or eat greasy food? Or who hold the 'wrong' political opinions?
Give it time...