I’ve spoken about health promotion a few times in the past, and echoing the title of my last post: have we gone too far? As of the 1st July smoking in an enclosed public place became illegal. As psychology students you learn about health promotion and ways to make the masses ‘more health aware’ – has the government gone too far this time? Is this ‘health fascism?’
A battle is presenting itself: FAGS against the UK Government.
” …Mr Howitt, the self-styled leader of FAGS – Fight Against Government Suppression – which claims that “14 million adult smokers are under house arrest”, said: “I’m not pro-smoking, just pro-freedom.”
He said: “Having a pint and a cigarette in a pub is one of the last great enjoyments left for the working classes. I’m not prepared to shove my customers outside in the wind and the rain to allow them their right to smoke.
“I believe this ban is tantamount to a hate crime. I won’t pay the fine and will go to prison if necessary to make a point while I take this to the court of human rights.”
Mr Howitt, who says he is a non-smoker, said the ban amounted to “health fascism” and was an assault on civil liberties…”
As psychologists do we applaud the Government on their ‘preventative’ measures of banning smoking, or are we turning into a nanny state taking away each persons individual freedoms? Related to Health Promotion and Adherence to Medical Requests: is this the best way to do it? Have the government actually raised awareness by banning smoking or have they started something that they can’t finish?
Your thoughts in the comments or in the discussion forums.