I'm arguing that some smokers' insistence on freedom is a narrow one: there's nothing 'free' about being driven by cravings, and the companies that encourage and exploit them. A sample:
It is now well-documented that the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. Many cigarettes also contain chemicals such as ammonia, which enhances nicotine delivery. And for generations, cigarettes were deliberately targeted to minors, who would get the habit young. Addicted consumers are loyal consumers.
In short, there is nothing ''free'' about tobacco - it is harvested, processed, packaged and advertised to be addictive. That is the business. Which is why smoking is a poor choice for emancipation. No one is denying the rights of Australians over their own bodies. No one will stop smokers from harming themselves, if they can keep their smoke away from others. But being enslaved to tobacco companies is a dubious freedom. Yes, Australia, you are at liberty to smoke - but you're less free when you do.