A story from elsewhere demands highlighting, though. This, from the model 'progressive' nation that is Sweden.
Landskrona municipality in southern Sweden is mulling introducing a ban on staff smoking during working hours, even if they are working from home.Sadly, it's the inevitable end product of delegating rights over private property to any state body. They will eventually take the piss.
The ban under consideration by Landskrona will mean that staff are not allowed to go outside onto the street during, for example, the group coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon which are common practice in many Swedish workplaces.
Causing further controversy is that the ban is set to cover those working in open spaces and even staff working from home.
Such a scenario being played out in the UK isn't too far off, either. The opening salvo was fired a few years ago.
Sutton's policy, which will come into effect in February, will ban smoking from anywhere in or near council buildings and council vehicles, car parks and parks. The policy also puts a stop to cigarette breaks and forbids employees smoking anywhere in publicwhile wearing the council symbol or identity badge.In the current climate, does anyone doubt that such proposals will be far more likely in the future than less?
Sutton had originally included a further clause banning employees from smoking in their own cars while driving to and from work but this was amended after opposition.
In fact, here is one area where alcohol is already on equal footing with tobacco. I've mentioned before that public sector competitive tendering conditions now routinely insist on private companies committing to a 'drugs and alcohol policy' which insists on total abstinence during lunch breaks, and advising of the same outside of work too.
And this is the easily-transportable part of the Swedish initiative - it isn't based on preventing harm to others, it is solely to prevent the employee indulging in behaviour which they, personally, enjoy, but of which the employer disapproves.
"We think that working hours should be completely free of tobacco and should also include snus. The most important thing is that adults set a good example," said the education committee chairperson Lisa Flinth to the newspaper.Once clauses like this become ubiquitous - which they will - employers will be able to dictate their staff's lifestyles on a whim.
One wonders when the first lunchtime McDonald's ban will be considered ... if it hasn't been already.