Comment 5751

By Thom (anonymous) | Posted March 07, 2007 at 11:36:59

In addition to noise and littering by-laws, it would be interesting to travel back in time and watch the discussion about anti-smoking by-laws. I expect they were considered authoritarian and intrusive at the time. And how to enforce smoking by-laws? Has anyone ever gotten a ticket for smoking in recent years? No because the community is self-policing, like it would be with idling.

Ultimately people can kill themselves all they want but if they are also killing others and the planet then surely someone has to step in; in our individualist society that authority is the state.

Smoking and private vehicles seem very similar to me. Will they end up following the same trajectory?

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