MrTattieHeid wrote:Tom, you are spot on, and, as much as we try to avoid politics here, we must take a good hard look at those who choose to stick their heads in the sand regarding climate change. Are we back to government here? Of course, if climate change does indeed turn out to be that disastrous, whisky will be the least of our worries. There will likely be releases of Port Ellen long after we've all starved to death.
Paul, with all due respect, I take arguments that the government tries to control our behavior with a grain of salt, when they come from smokers. The thing that smokers don't seem to get is that smoking affects other people around the smoker, and that's why it has been banned in public places. Even if second-hand smoke were not noxious, it's still obnoxious. When you figure out a way to do it without exhaling, no one will much care.
Let's see, who else can I offend today? Still working up my rant on marketers.
Absolutely right. First of all, governments get their information on how much you should drink etc from scientists. The government does not tell you what to eat or how much to exercise; they tell you how much you should eat or exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to smoking in public places, the vast majority of the people support the government. In Ireland, the ban was enforced because it was a danger to employees, not for the general public. I have no objection to someone smoking beside me, as it happens, but it is a fact that this is harmful to people's health.