Artist David Hockney has spoken out at a meeting at the Labour party conference against plans to limit smoking in public. Hockney said: "We're being governed by quite naïve people. You will never stop smoking. It's too pleasurable. Pubs aren't health clubs. To me we're creating a suburban dreariness that would drive me mad. "Smoking calms me down. And it's enjoyable. A little bit of what you fancy does you good. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life. These are decisions you make yourself, not government." Hockney also criticised doctors calling for a blanket ban. He said: "I don't believe the stuff about secondhand smoke. I don't believe a lot of stuff from medical people. They have abstracted statistics that are not about people."