When debating with ban-hungry morons who quote costs to the NHS as to why tobacco, alcohol, fast food - oh yeah, and now sugar - should be banned, we used to have great trick. Simply go to extremes (learned from years of prohibitionist claptrap) and mention that extreme sports are dangerous too, and cost taxpayer cash to treat when something goes wrong. Worked every time, didn't it? No-one in their right mind wants to penalise that kind of healthy thrill-seeking behaviour.
Well, err ...
@GabrielScally @bengoldacre I add extreme sports or anything else that 'tinkers' with buzz&addiction. Public health agenda busy as always.
— Andreea Steriu (@SteriuMD) January 10, 2014
Nuts! That's the argument busted, because it seems public health is on their case too!
Perhaps she is just a crank, I thought, but Martin McKee follows her so apparently not. Oh, hold on!