The Corner

Ashininity

Bill Bennett may be a grating (and rather tarnished) public scold, but the anti-smoking vigilantes can, sometimes, be even more irritating than he is. The sight of Nicole Kidman smoking at a press conference in Cannes (oh, the horror) has, apparently, caused a storm in an ashtray. The Chief busybody over at Action on Smoking and Health is planning, according to this press report, to write to Kidman’s publicist “highlighting the actress’s responsibilities as a role model to millions of young women.” What patronizing nonsense. “Millions of young women” are quite capable of taking their own decisions for themselves. Smoking is an unhealthy pastime, but Ms Kidman’s only responsibility is to herself and her family. If she wants to smoke in public, that’s just fine.

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