NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT GODWIN’S LAW ON THIS POST….Andrew Stuttaford (here) and Jacob Sullum (here) both agree that the government has no right to promote public health. Today’s argument is a new one, though: Hitler promoted public health, and we don’t want to be like Hitler, do we?
(Sullum hastens to add that he is “not suggesting that everyone who hates smoking is just like Hitler.” Whew! But Stuttaford doesn’t seem to be so sure.)
And a note to Stuttaford: places like California that ban smoking in public places don’t really do it because we care about the health of smokers. We do it because we care about the health and comfort of everyone else. Big difference.