Nanny's obsession with smoking never ceases. She is gathering her forces for another assault on this most "evil" of vices.
This time she is planning to extend the ban on smoking in public places, to encompass those who are bystanders.
This means that Nanny will ban smoking in bus shelters, football grounds, the entrances to office buildings, train platforms and concert venues.
Nanny's Health Minister, Lord Warner, said it would protect more people from secondhand smoking.
What about protecting people from knives, guns and violent assault?
Lord Warner said recently:
"There will be places that will not be enclosed
where there is a risk of harm from secondhand smoke
due to the inevitable close grouping of people.
Examples might be sports stadiums,
and entrances to public buildings or workplaces."
There is of course no scientific evidence to prove that people can be harmed by passive smoking outside. However, lack of evidence has never stopped Nanny in the past.
Lord Stoddart said:
"I don't know of any study that says a whiff of somebody else's smoke out in the open air is dangerous."
Nanny's Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, claims it will save thousands of lives. However, scientific evidence shows that 95% of smoking-related deaths are caused by lighting up at home, not in the workplace.
As with all of Nanny's spurious half baked policies based on dodgy science, it's all bollocks!