Smoking is unhealthy, we all know that, but it is not the role of Government to control the choices we make that primarily harm ourselves. If you own a pub or restaurant it is a breach of your Property Rights, and everybody’s Civil Liberties, that the Government forces you to disallow smoking.
The insistence of Government to make choices for us takes away personal responsibility in a way that is very concerning. A free society ultimately must mean the freedom to make the wrong choices. Should we ban unhealthy food as well, or compel people to walk more?
It is reasonable that smokers contribute more to the health budget, which they do already through the high taxes on cigarettes, but it is unreasonable to keep in place a blanket ban on smoking in places where grown-up people go of their own volition.
Many people who are not smokers (like myself) enjoy the occasional cigar or quality pipe tobacco. This traditional treat is not more unheatly than eating fat or sugar, or drinking alcohol, and the blanket ban in place today also all but destroys this enjoyable activity, as well as the more damaging cigarett-smoking.