Some of the measures are laudable, such as attempting to reduce the number of children who are encouraged to smoke cigarettes. Some are questionable, such as the eventual ban on all tobacco advertising (Does that mean that Cigar Aficionado and Pipes and Tobacco Magazines will have to stop publication because they will have virtually no advertisers?) Then there are the questionable measures such as the ban on secondhand (or environmental) smoke in public places, which we've discussed before. There is a report that the EPA is banned from quoting, but still makes the rounds, on the dangers of secondhand smoke. Then they attempt to lump together pipe and cigar smokers, using questionable analysis of scientific studies, and usually presenting only the data they want you to see (generally in the form of "Although this data is for cigarette smokers, all forms of tobacco are deadly"). There is more, much more, but the general gist of it is: Stop trying to eliminate my bad habit. I'm a pipe smoker, and I'm going to smoke my pipe. I will not disturb others smoking, if they ask me to stop smoking, then I'll go outside or just set it aside. I know the risks of what I'm doing, probably better than most of the people who think they should decide for me what I should do, and I consider them acceptable. And I'll finish with a transcript to a speech to the California Judges Association in 1995 called The Sociology of Prohibition. Here's a select quote: "The formula is that someone, and by the way, that someone is usually the media, perceive an increase in drug use. What's the answer? The answer in the history of this country is always the same - a new criminal law with harsher penalties in every single offense category."
Stop trying to protect me from myself. There is a new treaty aimed at reducing smoking related deaths, which are listed as the number two highest preventable killer, just behind hypertension.