John Lydon calls for smoking ban review

Published Wednesday, 25 April 2012
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Rocker John Lydon is urging British Prime Minister David Cameron to overturn the U.K.'s smoking ban, insisting it's a "ludicrous" law.

John Lydon calls for smoking ban review

Legislation prohibiting tobacco smoking in public buildings was introduced in 2007, but the punk icon has never been a fan of the law and now he's suggesting citizens should to be given the option of going to venues where they are allowed to light up.

The Sex Pistols star tells NME, "It's ridiculous you're forcing people out onto the streets. Save the health of non-smokers within? Then have smoking-environment pubs! Give people the choice.

"It looks ludicrous, so many people stuck out in the rain and snow. And I resent the rigid, right-wing approach that smoking's bad. Well of course it's bad!

You'll find everything you eat is bad. Alcohol is bad. I don't like any law that infringes on your civil rights."

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Chris W in England wrote (855 days ago):
Aaron, Roy Castle diagnosed himself,no Scientific proof states that Passive smoke is a serious health hazard,even the H.S.E stated this in 2006.
Sean in Belfast wrote (857 days ago):
As a smoker myself who is actually attempting to quit, i actually dont mind going outside to have a smoke. I dont beleive in the hysteria of the supposed "dangers" of 2nd hand smoking. As much as people should have their own freedom of choice to smoke where ever they please (within reason), people who dont smoke should not have the right to tell smokers not to smoke. I also see that the New Zealand government are trying to push the price of 20 cigs up to $100 (roughly about £50) a pack. its a great idea, but telling people they shouldnt smoke instead of giving them a choice or support to help them quit of their own accord is just totally wrong. Smokers who want to quit should get plenty of support, telling a smoker the dangers of smoking only makes them more defiant to smoke. Warning labels on packets dont work either.
Aaron in Antrim wrote (857 days ago):
Roy Castle?
Charles in England wrote (858 days ago):
The smoking ban was introduced because of the myth of second hand smoke, but nobody has yet to produce a death certificate that states that second smoke was the cause or a contributory cause.
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