No human right to smoke and vape

Despite what the libertarians may claim, there is no constitutional right to harm oneself and others, and put a burden on the national health system.

WHENEVER the state employs the penal law to enforce morality, criminalise vice or regulate personal autonomy, constitutional issues will arise. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Control of Tobacco Products and Smoking (CTPS) Bill is being subjected to critical parliamentary and public scrutiny. In the spirit of democracy, this scrutiny should be welcomed.

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