As a doctor, I'd be delighted to see tobacco banned altogether. The reduction in human misery and NHS expenditure would be immense. But the risks of smoking and its addictive nature have been well known for 35 years, and still people have chosen to smoke. Tobacco companies are not responsible for people smoking, any more than bakeries are responsible for obesity or car manufacturers for dangerous driving.
Of course I am sorry for people with smoking-related diseases - my colleagues and I spend much of our time and much of the country's money trying to help them. But let them accept some responsibility for their own lives, and not try to shift the blame onto those who supplied what they wanted.
HUGH J THOMSON