The act of smoking doesn't inherently harm anyone else, much like drinking and driving, anoter person has to be around for it to be dangerous to others. The negligence of smokers smoking around other people is no different than the negligence of people who drink and get behind the wheel. Dangerous is dangerous.. so that was a dumb absolutist statement he made saying it only affects the driver.
It is quite different. Smoking is the harm and it requires no intervening act as second hand smoke is incredibly toxic and there is not safe level of exposure for third parties.
Per the The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General dated
June 27, 2006:
Secondhand Smoke Is Toxic and Poisonous
Secondhand smoke is composed of sidestream smoke (the smoke released from the burning end of a cigarette) and exhaled mainstream smoke (the smoke exhaled by the smoker). Because sidestream smoke is generated at lower temperatures and under different conditions than mainstream smoke, it contains higher concentrations of many of the toxins found in inhaled cigarette smoke.
There is No Risk-Free Level of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be harmful to your health.
Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can have immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, interfering with the normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems in ways that increase the risk of heart attack.http://www.surgeonge...moke/index.html
Drinking alcohol and driving drunk requires an intervening act - getting in a car and driving. The act of drinking alcohol has no immediate health effect on third parties unlike secondhand smoke.
That seems obvious unless one is being wilfully obtuse as another poster has noted.