“A ban in homes is not feasible or right” Deborah Arnott of ASH

After the smoking ban in cars with children inside was passed by the House of Commons. To meet the accusation that the home is not the next “logical step ” for tobacco control, Deborah Arnott on the 11th February 2014 said “A ban in homes is not feasible or right”  adding:

“If you ban it a lot of the levers you use to stop uptake you lose. You can’t tax it, you can’t stop under-age sales. What we want to do is to do everything to discourage it.”

Clive Bates, director of anti-smoking group ASH, said in 1998: “This is a scaremongering story by a tobacco industry front group. “No-one is seriously talking about a complete ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants.”


ASH do not have the best of reputations for honesty but when ASH do call for house bans at least we have it in black and white.



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10 Responses to “A ban in homes is not feasible or right” Deborah Arnott of ASH

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    Banning smoking in homes doesn’t mean banning it entirely, as you could still smoke in the garden, so that argument doesn’t wash.

    It will come in as a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, with a handful of social landlords imposing non-smoking tenancy agreements in new-build flats.

  2. Patrick says:

    Hypothetically how long would it take a passive smoker to die in the confines of a car with 5 chain smokers?

    I don’t have the answer but an educated guess donkeys years.

    Now how long would it take the passive smoker to die if somebody put a hose attached to the car exhaust pipe in through the car window?

    Yes a matter of minutes!.

    The irony of the story is that car exhausts are lethal while passive cigarette smoke can be classed as no more than a minor irritant..

    Yet smokers are treated like walking Chernobyls?.

  3. prog says:

    And now Clive Bates is the favourite anti of some who should know better.

    Not unrelated – Vapeland seems to have been very quiet re the car ban; it’s almost as if they think this wouldn’t/won’t affect them. When they find it will, no doubt they’ll be asking libertarians to sign yet another petition.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    As we can all see the END GAME is to first ban car smoking and then follow it up with a ban in the homes,likely using the children for this purpose yet again. Then if they can get their final smoking rates at a certain level tobacco control plans on pushing the government for OUT RIGHT PROHIBITION ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS!

    Second Hand/ Third Hand Smoke: Trigger For Outrage –Catalyst For Change?
    •Smoke Free Public Places
    •Smoke Free Work Places
    •Smoke Free Parks/Open Spaces
    •Smoke Free Private Transport
    •Smoke Free Homes
    Positioning Tobacco Endgame In The Post-2015 Development Agenda
    UNSustainable Development Goals Or Expanded Millennium Development Goals

    Can tobacco control endgame analysis learn anything from …


    The thirdhand and second hand smoke MYTHS were created to create public fear and outrage. They are basically telling us that in the above! TRIGGER FOR OUTRAGE!

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Remember Cyprus,hahahha now its EU wide

    First It Was Bail-Ins And Now EU Sees “Personal Pension Savings” As “Plug” For Banks


  6. Private says:

    I’m sure the gov’t also understands the power of suggestion. Just look at proganda and the “citizen turned consumer” crap. If smokers truly believe it will most likely give them cancer or kill them, it likely will. Gov’t knows about the strength of belief and suggestion. Another way to cut population per the Georgia Guidestone guidelines? I hate that I now but nothing, n o t h i n g past govt and their alphabet soup snoops.

  7. Yes! Finally someone writes about superlight.

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