What people will believe these days…
No risk-free level? Good lord! The inescapable conclusion from the Surgeon-General's report is that, despite increasing longevity and standards of living, we are all doomed! It is clearly too late for current generations who must have been exposed to second-hand smoke at some time during their life, but future generations benefiting from overbearing government legislation may at least be spared having to die someday.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke — and the only way to protect nonsmokers is to ban smoking completely in office buildings and public places, concludes a report by the U.S. Surgeon-General released Tuesday.
No risk-free level? Can one really be expected to credit this statement as an incontestable fact? If there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke, there ought to be no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand car exhaust, factory pollution, agricultural pesticides, flouridated water, carbohydrates, guns, clowns, etc. When governments engage in this sort of hyperbole it is when its authority over those commodities and exchanges can be safely expanded with minimal risk to its own revenues.
The only people who flout their belief in this sort of hogwash are the activists who share a vicarious interest with the government in confining individual behaviour to circumscribed bounds. Where governments do it for the sake of exercising authority, activists do it for the sake of claiming moral authority, by legal default if necessary. But both are utterly self-serving in all their pronouncements.
But wait… according to StatsCan, Canadians are smoking less already but are getting fatter. One cannot expect, however, any compensatory balancing of the government's claims upon the incidents of individuals' health. As proprietor, the government will simply add to the benefits it can claim from its human resources. "There is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand carbohydrates," anyone?
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Tuesday, June 27, 2006