Predictably, campaigners are using the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in Ireland to repeat tired old propaganda and demand further action against smoking.
This morning at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland they were lining up to celebrate legislation that has done enormous damage to pubs and bars throughout Ireland.
Michael Martin, the health minister who introduced the ban, was there to bask in the applause.
Current health minister James Reilly, who wants to secure his place in history by introducing plain packaging, was also present.
Luke Clancy, former chairman of ASH Ireland, was there along with Professor John Crown who has supplanted him as Ireland's leading anti-tobacco campaigner.
Meanwhile the publicans who went bust and lost their livelihoods as a result of the ban were conspicuous by their absence.
Smokers would have been absent too had it not been for Forest Eireann's John Mallon standing outside the RCPI talking to RTE News. (They had to interview him outside because the RCPI wouldn't let him in the building.)
To give you an idea of the propaganda that's been doing the rounds these past 48 hours, consider the claims reported – without fear of contradiction – in this BBC report:
The Irish Cancer Society claims there has been a 25% reduction in the number of people smoking since the measure was introduced.
The Irish Heart Foundation says that heart attacks have reduced by over 10% as a result of the ban.
See: Ten years of workplace smoking ban in Republic of Ireland (BBC News)
Or try this report (the headline says it all):
Smoking ban saves 4,000 lives since 2004, says Martin (Irish Times)
Anyway, not content with pumping out these contentious and frankly unbelievable claims, tobacco control campaigners have spent the day calling for more measures to tackle smoking.
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, for example, wants the Irish Government to get a move on and ban smoking in cars carrying children.
They also want a smoking ban across all publicly funded institutions (ie outside all public buildings).
I wouldn't have expected anything less, of course. After all, this is what tobacco control does.
See: Reilly aiming for smoke-free society by 2025 (RTE News)
Update: TheJournal.ie which makes no effort to disguise its anti-smoking bias ran this article today:
It is also inviting you to vote on this poll:
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