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Too silly even for the silly season

I took a call from a local radio station yesterday.

"Hi Simon, hope you have ten minutes in the morning for a radio interview.

"We've been contacted by a listener who's upset about someone smoking outside a shop."

It was a toy shop, apparently, and the smoker was a member of staff.

Oh, and he/she was smoking not in the doorway but “seven yards” from the entrance.

The producer wanted me and someone from ASH to “discuss” this for ten minutes.

A few hours later they called back. The item was being dropped in favour of some “breaking news”.

Goodness, what could beat the story of a someone smoking outside a shop?


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Reader Comments (4)

I always like writing posts offering a perfect solution to such problems as smokers standing around having fun smoking and partying in the street and such things.

Pass a law forbidding smoking bans inside pubs and office buildings so the smokers will go back inside safely out of sight for their smoking.

Funny thing though... suddenly that whole "Modeling Behavior For Children" concern totally disappears from the Antis' radar once I suggest that. Weird, eh?


Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 13:10 | Unregistered CommenterMichael J McFadden

This insanity is a direct result of the social engineering orchestrated by the tobacco control crusade. A long-standing normal practice has been demonized to the point of hysteria.

A campaign to return balance and perspective to smocking and choice is desperately needed to end the persecution of smokers.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 18:54 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

Forgive the typo, 'smocking' should have been smoking...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 22:16 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

Give it another couple of years and this sort of trivia will be the breaking news that knocks terrorist attacks on children from the agenda. News media in this country has lost the plot, lost perspective and appears to be the mouthpiece for individual extremist smokerphobics and tax funded healthist lobbyists.

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 15:47 | Unregistered Commenterpat nurse

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