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Aeon J. Skoble: The Truth about Smoking Bans

November 24, 2015

In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Aeon Skoble, Bridgewater State University philosophy professor, joins Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News, to discuss the truth about smoking bans.

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In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Aeon Skoble, Bridgewater State University philosophy professor, joins Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News, to discuss the truth about smoking bans.

Skoble, author of Deleting the State: An Argument About Government and co-editor of the best-selling book The Simpsons and Philosophy, explains how smoking bans like ones proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and city governments across the nation, aren’t really about smokers’ rights and non-smokers’ rights.

Instead, Skoble explains how government smoking bans are about property rights and a lack of belief in the power of the free market’s ability to meet consumers’ needs. Instead of using public policy to shove people into compliance with favored lifestyle choices, Skoble says governments should be neutral frameworks for peaceful, voluntary exchange between citizens.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
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Aeon J. Skoble is professor of philosophy at Bridgewater State University.
askoble@bridgew.edu @@AeonSkoble