Comspec: A lot of the money spent like this, (spent from the NHS budget), is preventative medicine, and an efficient use of resources. One of the aims of the NHS when it was established was the promotion of preventative medicine which is a better route to general health care than continual firefighting. The ban then, to stay on thread, serves the purposes of preventing workers from passive smoking and encouraging smokers to stop. It's not a control, rights or freedom issue. I await Steve to scalpel this attitude on the bloody altar of liberterianism.