The anti-smoking lobby has always had a way of making noise - and why wouldn't they? Just like the old expression, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” This lobby knows that their goal will never be met unless they can rally enough attention for their cause. If you take a step back and look at the situation from their point of view, being so rowdy absolutely makes sense.
The problem arises when you stop to consider the actual tactics being employed by the anti-smoking lobby; the crux of their argument essentially boils down to absolute fear mongering. The lobby likes to focus on two main arguments - the health risks of smoking, especially second hand smoke to non-smokers in public areas, and the potential negative economic impact resulting from a widespread ban. However, the truth behind these arguments can be tenuous, at best.
Going through each one of these points and really taking a close look at the assertions being made and the sources that supporters of these claim pull from, it becomes more and more obvious that their proposed smoking bans are not the clear-cut good for society that the anti-smoking lobby would lead you to believe. "The Lies Behind The Smoking Bans", a very interesting essay written by Michael McFadden does an excellent job of refuting each and every point, causing the evergreen proposed ban on smoking to seem much less credible. If you are interested in the subject, I highly suggest you download and read it.