Smoking Bans — Legislation in the Nazi Tradition

I’m watching a program on the History Channel that documents the non-smoking laws/rules instituted by Hitler in the 1940s.  Apparently German scientists figured out that smoking was bad for you (duh?) about a decade before anyone else.  Hitler banned smoking in his presence, as well as on public properties.  There was also quiet a bit of propaganda against smoking.

The Nazi view was that a German’s body belonged to the State, and that polluting or abusing it was damaging public property.  Individual rights be damned.  I’m sure glad that kind of thing doesn’t happen here.

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