What is most striking about this Bill is that it intends to accentuate the authoritarian nature of the existing legislation. People who smoke have rights and the government should respect and protect those rights. Instead, we find government itself trampling on their rights.
What we have in this Bill is one section of the population ganging up on others that have a habit that the first group dislikes, on the people that manufacture the products used by the out-of-favour group, and on the people that distribute the products. This form of victimisation of people because of their habits is very dangerous. If this were to be extended to excessive eating, many of the people that are ganging up on the smokers would find themselves in trouble with the law.
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Comments on Comment: Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill, 2004