Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Just Say No to "Healthism"

Here's a politician with the right idea:

Italy's new health minister said he wants more public smoking areas, sharply reduced under a new ban, and slammed what he called a trend towards obsessive health policies, in published comments.

"There is a real threat that we are heading towards a therapeutic society ... a medical tyranny of doctors and a minister who are the only ones allowed to say what constitues 'good living'," said Francesco Storace in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

N.B. Just so we're clear: smoking isn't good for you, but neither are nanny politicians.


At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Yurii said...

Good point, but the attachment of a disclaimer suggests that debate on smoking has to be conducted within very narrow confines. What if, hypothetically, occasional use of tobacco carried some benefits? (We would never be allowed to know, because our governments would conceal the truth.)


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