Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Banning smoking in private cars is a violation of people’s Article 12 rights; it is a step towards eroding Human Rights under the guise of health

Dear All

One of the limited freedoms we have is the right to choice, limited as it is in Scotland.

Smoking is legal; smoking in public places is restricted by law.

As a non smoker, I like the fact that publicly and private owned buildings are smoke free.

Now there is said to be Pressure is growing on the Scottish Government to ban smoking in cars.

This is a step too far into civil liberties and must be opposed.

As much as banning smoking in public places is correct, banning smoking in private cars is wrong; people have the right to choose.

It could also be an infringement of human rights, the right to privacy; the confines of a car are the same as the confines of a house.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

To impose a ban is anti human rights because it is an interference of privacy in a private place.

The health argument of passive smoking is well documented and known and already parts of Australia, Canada and the United States have already passed laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles when children are passengers.

The nanny state can only be allowed to go so far, if civil liberties are to be protected.

A consultation on similar legislation for Scotland is recommended in an action plan describing the next steps Scotland should take to tackle tobacco is funded by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK boards members are part of the social elite network which operate in Britain.

Through-out the entire country a whole unaccountable shadow government exists filled with people from these networks.

If you check the board of Cancer Research UK, you will quickly see, no one from a working class background sits on their board.

It seems that poor ordinary people are excluded from the board, just like they are excluded from all the social elite networks which operate in Britain.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive of Ash Scotland, said:

“There was a fear in some quarters that people would say ‘job done’ and move onto something else. But tobacco continues to have a huge impact on Scots’ health and also Scotland’s economy and we feel we need to keep the pedal on the gas and not let that momentum drift.”

The goal is a total ban on smoking in this country and Duffy is possibly of the opinion that breaching human rights Article 12 is an end that justifies the means.

It isn’t, as a non smoker who has asthma I still respect people’s right to choose.

Tampering with human rights isn’t a human right.

The current smoking ban is correct, anything further which violates privacy is wrong and erodes hard fought rights that ordinary working class people fought for.

It is a step on the road to a fascist state.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Mrs Cleaver said...

Hear, hear.

Interesting that Cancer Research are driving this. I rather think my company's large annual donation to them will be redirected to human rights causes instead.

Anonymous said...

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