Labour MP David Taylor dies following heart attack
Now, Taylor was no friend of smokers, in fact he was a horrendous bansturbator who apparently valued his misconceived self-righteousness over your self-determination and private property rights.
However, any death, even amongst those with whom you disagree, should not be used as a political tool. The BBC obviously have different ideas though, considering their first port of call outside of Labour party colleagues was Deborah Arnott of ASH.
Deborah Arnott, director of the anti-smoking campaign group Ash, said Mr Taylor was "crucial in getting the smoking ban legislation through parliament".
The oven has barely cooled after Christmas 2009 yet Arnott has already been wading in with press releases embargoed for minutes past midnight on Boxing Day, and now sees it acceptable to make political capital for her taxpayer funded organisation when the death of an MP offers column inches.
And the BBC thought a politician's death was an appropriate opportunity to elicit quotes, from the hideous mouthpiece of a publicly-funded fake charity, on a deeply divisive subject.
If we had mentioned the disgraces of David Taylor we would have been roundly castigated as heartless or offensive, so there was no mention, and nor would there have ever been except that ASH seem OK with making a point on the back of a person dying.
Government take your taxes, both directly and indirectly, at pain of hefty punishment. So do the BBC. They funnel these taxes through many channels, one of which is the quite astonishingly heartless ASH.
When someone dies, it would seem that the tripartite anti-smoker system sees it as a great opportunity to make some mileage at your expense.
If you're not yet convinced that you, as a consumer of tobacco, is now considered worthless, this should be a timely, if sickening, wake up call.
We had our differences with Mr Taylor, many of them, but it would be less than human not to offer condolences to his family on such a sad occurrence. May he rest in peace and best wishes to his family.