Apropos of smoking, two pieces of news appeared recently. One says that tax rises are more effectual than smoking bans. Which is bloody obvious; actually, at the rate tax rises on tobacco products are going, smoking will soon become a rich man’s hobby. The other is surprising though: smoking less seems to have no effect on your health. This is good news: it means that as long as you do smoke, you only need to be bothered about the financial aspect. You don’t have to feel bad on medical grounds for having had a ciggy or a packet more.