So the government in its wisdom has decided that cigarettes must now be hidden in shops and supermarkets to put them out of the way of temptation.
Does anyone really think this will make the slightest difference? And as for children, if anyone thinks it will deter them from buying cigarettes (they're not allowed to, are they?) then they don't know much about teenagers.
I am not a smoker. I dislike cigarette smoke. Since experimenting at the age of ten (to impress my mother, who wisely took no notice at all), I've never really bothered with it. But if people choose to smoke, then that is their right, as is mountain climbing, riding motorbikes, extreme ironing, or whatever. As a nurse, I have even helped terminally ill patient to light up the cigarettes that have killed them, because they were too weak to do it for themselves. They had a right to smoke that last cigarette.
When will successive governments STOP TELLING US WHAT TO DO? We know the dangers of smoking; most of know that too many chips will make us fat, and that we should eat up our greens. But we have a right to pig out on burgers and ignore the broccoli if that's what we want to do. The medical profession has a duty to inform and advise, and to support those who wish to improve their lifestyles, but not to run our lives for us. And if we die early because of our lifestyle, then that will save the state money on all kinds of things, from pensions and healthcare in later life, to bus passes.