Table 1

Examples of ideology based arguments against and for tobacco control

Example of anti-tobacco control arguments Example of potential pro-tobacco control arguments
FreedomPeople should be free to make personal decisions about their lifestylePeople should be free from the influences of an industry that preys on the young and peddles an addictive and deadly product
FairnessSmokers are engaging in a legal activity and should not be discriminated againstRestaurant and bar employees deserve the same level of health protection as other workers
Free enterpriseGovernment should “butt out” and let the market give consumers what they wantTobacco use compromises the health of the market because it causes a loss of jobs, productivity, and ultimately sales