Are we heading for a smoke-free world?

Rob Lyons joins Snowdon and Slater for the last Last Orders of 2019.

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Why is foreign-aid money being used to fund nanny-state projects? Are we moving towards total prohibition of cigarettes? Will Jamie Oliver ever go away? Rob Lyons joins Chris Snowdon and Tom Slater to discuss all this and more, on the latest episode of Last Orders.

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Dan Under

9th January 2020 at 7:43 pm

Smoke free World, what nonsense. Prohibitions, like socialism, never work. People have sought to ferment and smoke since the dawn of time. And with a back drop of escalating marijuana smoking, no chance. The resultant afflicted legions with ca lung and psychosis will serve devotees to tobacco and cigarette smoking well.

Edward Cline

28th December 2019 at 4:59 pm

All the major characters in my Cyrus Skeen detective novels on Amazon, smoke, except for the Progressives. Smoking helps the detective and his friends think and ruminate on matters. The series is set in San Francisco in the late 1920s,

Michael Lynch

25th December 2019 at 8:13 am

Would have been a wonderful article if it had read – Are we heading for a WOKE-free world?

Michael Gilday

24th December 2019 at 11:51 am

Salt is crucial in very hot countries and the intake needs to be far higher than in a cooler northern hemisphere.
I am a stubborn member of the 6th of the population, I enjoy smoking and have done so for 50 years. What pisses the medical professionals off is when you have a chest Xray they show clear after smoking 40 cigs a day for such a long time. If it reduces my life expectancy I don’t care, the past few years I have looked after my aged parents. There is nothing to recommend reaching 90 and over so I have no desire to get to reach that age. Shisha lounges in the UK have taken off the past few years. So, smoking is not going to cease in the near future with a much younger generations as these lounges have become fashionable. They have pleasant social atmosphere with no drunks or aggressive behaviour associated with other nightlife. Plus, they attract all ages, sexes and a cultures, so sod the self-righteous puritans in the Public Health realm.

Gordon Brown when chancellor of the exchequer announced on the Today Programme that tax from smoking would be ring fenced for the NHS. He quoted that this would be £15 billion and that the cost of smoking to the NHS was £1 billion. Needless to say, this never happened.

John Marks

25th December 2019 at 7:20 pm

That’s very good news.
If someone can open a shisha-smoking lounge, can anyone also open a pipe-smoking lounge? And with newspapers to read? And would a cup of tea be allowed, if not a glass of wine?

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