Michael-Interesting article -- given that just four months ago I published a 500+ page book titled "TobakkoNacht -- The Antismoking Endgame" in which I both predicted this path AND outlined how it can and why it SHOULD be successfully stopped.
When we see a social movement that seeks to scare parents into not allowing their children to visit with grandparents on Christmas because of the "poison" on their carpeting, when we see a movement that shrugs off the closure of thousands of pubs and the firings/layoffs of tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of workers, when we see a movement that promotes the hatred, denormalization, dehumanization, and ghettoization of hundreds of millions of human beings... then we see a movement that needs to be stopped.
To gain a better understanding of just how this sort of thing can grow, how baseless its claims are, and why it is so serious, read the "Author's Preface" at http://TobakkoNacht.com
I didn't follow your link, but it's clear that the anti-smoking movement uses language very similar to that employed in support of other segregationist movements in recent history.
Bud uses them frequently. "Smokers are lazy." "Smokers stink." "Smokers are undesirable socially" "Smokers are taking something from the rest of us". "Smokers have low IQ's", and on and on.
Substitute "negros" or "jews" for smokers and you get the picture pretty quickly.