But anti-smoking militancy is the cause de-jour among the population right now.
Hmm, that is how you, personally, feel about it. I don't like smoke... the smell, the way it hurts my eyes and gives me a headache, the way it makes everything I am wearing smell like smoke, the unhealthiness of it, the fact that when I tell someone to please not blow the smoke in my direction so often makes them take offense... It's very simple; I don't like it. And many, many other people don't either. I don't see why they have to put up with it, especially for something so totally unnecessary and mobile. If someone was Farting a lot around you would you simply accept it and say it was okay? And it is not a "cause du-jour". I've felt this way for 40 years now. So has everyone else I know who has never liked smoking.
I have nothing against people smoking if they want to... just don't do it where I have to participate in it, or, better yet, wear a glass helmet and you can smoke inside there to your heart's content.