I enjoyed the take of Planet Politics on this situation. It confirmed my suspicion that all the smoking ban has managed to do was to 'rearrange the smoking deckchairs' (i.e. get people smoking at home instead of persuade them to stop smoking), rather than make any difference in anyone's health.
Indeed the ASH Scotland press release speaks of an 'increasing health inequalities gap'. That wasn't meant to happen, was it? Oh dear, the anti-smoking groups have been going on about health inequalities for years, but they just seem to be making things worse. Health inequalities are getting wider, not narrowing. I have to say that the idea that smoking causes health inequalities is somewhat blinkered, but that is what professional tobacco control advocates believe.
Meanwhile, Jamaica does not have a smoking ban yet and does not seem to have even announced one. But the Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica is clearly gunning for one. No apprehensions whatever about any adverse consequences. These words express plenty about the importance of narrowing health inequalities in the minds of ban advocates:
Those who continue smoking because of their addiction to the drug nicotine, an ingredient in cigarettes, will continue to do so in their homes, to the possible detriment of the health of those who live with them. But for non-smokers who enjoy the freedom of clean air and the health benefits of unpolluted lungs, smoking bans reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. [my emphasis]The bans effectively divide the interests of one section of the population from the rest. Non-smokers are more equal than everyone else.