Eat, smoke and drink all you want says Norwegian health minister

Mar 2012
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In a world where lawmakers act more like helicopter parents than elected citizens, one official is setting the example on the best way to officiate their position.

According to the New York Times, Norway’s newest health minister Sylvi Listhaug said in an interview that if adults want to eat, drink, smoke, and eat red meat then they should do exactly that and that adults can decide for themselves what is and isn’t good for them.

“I think people should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as they like,” Sylvi Listhaug, the government’s minister for the elderly and public health, said in an interview posted on Monday on the website of NRK, Norway’s state broadcaster. “The government may provide information, but I think people in general know what is healthy and what is not.” The government is not our parent. It’s not here to take the cigarette out of our hands because it might “hurt the baby.” Its job isn’t to decide what I get to eat, drink, or partake in.

The thing is, we’re all well aware of what alcohol and tobacco does to you. We understand that with each sip or puff, we’re ingesting a form of poison. But even with that knowledge in mind, we still do it because we’re adults and this is what we’ve decided to do. A governmental body attempting to force us to quit through any means is infantilism. The very idea that the government needs to be the barrier between us and our personal choices is insulting.

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