Skip to comments.Bloomberg Bans Another Harmless Perk of Adulthood
Posted on 12/23/2013 6:17:32 AM PST by Kaslin
Unhappy with the scope of his nannyism, Michael Bloomberg has found one last social behavior to regulate before the close of his authoritarian-tenure. Having already conquered the vital task of regulating trans-fats, cigarette smoking, and high-capacity sodas in the Big Apple, it would seem there were few perks of adulthood left to regulate or restrict. But it appears hes found at least one more. . . What better way to cinch his legacy as a nannycrat than to ban a less dangerous alternative to dangerous cigarette smoking: e-cigarettes.
According to the Daily Mail, the New York City Council voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces on Thursday. These public spaces include all privately owned restaurants and places of business (other than specially designated smoke shops) as well as parks, beaches, bus stops, and other publicly owned outdoor areas.
In other words, NYC is doing its best to outlaw a healthier and unobtrusive alternative to Lucky Strikes, Camel Lights, and Newport Menthols. But, hey, like so many other New York City laws including the Bloomberg led effort to regulate away the 17th ounce of soda common sense is clearly not the driving force behind the legislation.
The original smoking ban in New York City, while trampling on the property rights of private businesses, was largely sold on the premise that it would improve the health of the city. Secondhand smoke kills went the ads. Save the kids from secondhand smoke, pleaded the advocates of big government. And while the infringement on private property rights was troubling, calls for a smoking ban were ultimately accepted by a reluctant public because of the benefit of a healthier New York.
So what, pray tell, is the sales pitch for outlawing a cigarette alternative that emits no smoke, scent, or toxin? What is the excuse for government regulating the inhalation of water vapor as an alternative to tobacco smoke?
Well Apparently it looks like a cigarette. (GASP! *coughcough*)
According to business insiders, the ban will likely contribute to the prevalence of real smokers in Manhattan. While Bloomberg has made eradicating one of the most addictive (and legal) drugs from his spotless city, he may have actually defeated himself by being too smart by half. If there are no societal benefits to switching from Luckies to e-cigs There are bound to be fewer smokers considering it. Imagine if the city told would-be quitters that they could only wear their nicotine patches while standing on the cold street in the middle of December Thered probably be fewer successful ex-smokers. Lets face it: smokers probably arent super concerned with their health in the first place. I mean, they smoke.
According to the British medical journal, The Lancet, e-cigarettes have proven to be as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and therapy with the added benefit of simulating a smokers physical cravings for the ritual of smoking.
I'm extremely concerned that a well-intentioned but scientifically unsupported effort like the current proposal to include electronic cigarettes in New York's current smoking ban, could constitute a giant step backward in the effort to defeat tobacco smoking' wrote Richard Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General and a current board member at one of America's largest electronic cigarette manufacturers. Sure He has a pony in the race; but he does seem a bit more credible than that Doctor who promised a smoother smoke with Camels!
Of course, if we have learned anything about the Bond-Villain-Bloomberg during his time as dictator Mayor of New York, its that he feels justified in imposing his personal life-style choices on others. And hes been largely successful. After all, whos going to organize a smokers pride parade, or a super-sized-soda sit-in?
As he prepares to move deeper into national politics, the e-cigarette ban epitomizes Bloombergs legacy as mayor: Its ill-advised, trivial, and overbearing. Now
If it just cost millions of taxpayer dollars, Id say he was ready for DC.
They just don’t want to lose the tax dollars they get when smokers use tobacco.
It is what the people of NY city voted for and want. deBlasio will be worse. Liberals are weak people. They need someone to rule over them and order their lives for them.
What is the excuse for government regulating the inhalation of water vapor
There is NOTHING that liberals do not want to regulate. That way they have the option of taxing it.
I think you nailed it.
I don't care that they don't like it.
Liberals are weak people. They need someone to rule over them and order their lives for them.
Right on the money. Good post.
And who manages all these regulations? Liberals of course, who infest the bureaucracies and hold all the power in government. The more rules they make the more power they have. Its all about power and control.
Thousands of people are killed every year in drunk driving accidents. Why doesn’t this idiot go after alcohol? Because he’s a boozehound too, perhaps? It’s something that HE wants, so he leaves it alone.
They just dont want to lose the tax dollars they get when smokers use tobacco.
There’s a solution to that problem: Tax former smokers. lol
He’s also a fanatical supporter of illegal immigration claiming “They pay taxes and NYC would go into bankruptcy if they were deported.” So in other words you can’t smoke a cigarette in a neighborhood bar where everyone knows each other and smokes including the bartender like the place near me, but letting people sneak into the country which means they bypass all checks which then means they could be anything from serial killers, rapists, pedophiles, is perfectly OK. I read something once that claimed 4 people a day are either murdered, robbed or raped by illegals and I absolutely believe it.
Here’s a nice one I remember: To date they still haven’t caught the killer. Why? Because he hightailed it back to Mexico and went into hiding which means he’s probably back in the USA under a new ID probably collecting food stamps.
You know what leads to a lot of health problems? Buggery.
Go on Bloomberg, take that on.
There is approximately 8.337 million )population) + reasons I wouldn’t live in NYC. So my decision for living there was decided long ago, and if I had ever lived there I would have voted with my feet long before this new freedom infringing law was passed.
I am sure many of the illegals- WHEN they work - get paid in cash, thus bypassing sending Uncle Sam his cut.
Isn’t Bloombutt also known as Dr. No? As in, NO trans-fats, NO smoking (the one thing I support), NO big sodas, NO guns, etc.
He’s banned steam. What sort of mindless nut is he?
NYers swallowed everything else, I’m sure they’ll swallow this. Assume the position.
> Given his support of homosexual marriage, Mayor Bloomberg has no business telling people what they cannot put in our mouths.
What’s funny about Bloomturd is that he’s a little, bitty shrimp of a guy trying to be a giant.
This country has a lot of really small men, Obama being the smallest.
“Liberals are weak people.”
You said it brother/sister. Which is why it’s all the more frustrating we’ve allowed these idiots gain power over us. Putting them back under the rock they came out of would be a relatively easy (and fun) thing to do...if we would only DO it.
> I am sure many of the illegals- WHEN they work - get paid in cash, thus bypassing sending Uncle Sam his cut.
Just almost the entire construction industry and all of those lawn cutting businesses for starters. I once asked a Mexican guy hw much he earned a day and he wouldn’t say the dollar amount but daid he cut about 20 or more a day and based on the type of clientele and neighbors he has I’d say he makes anywhere from $40 - $60 per lawn so you do the math. Duing the winter he works doing masonry and remodeling and earns just about as much (accordng to him) That’s say anywhere from about $800 - $1200 a DAY tax-free. He works 6 days a week so that’s from about $4,800 to $7,200 a WEEK TAX FREE. He has a small 2 or 3 man crew he pays but hey come on, that’s a lot of dough for it to be tax free. Yeah he’s a hard worker and I respect that but he has an unfair advantage without haing to pay his fair share of taxes (damn, I’m almost sounding liberal here). That’s one revenue source I don’t hear about the IRS going after. Hmmm I wonder why?
Yes exactly, but Bloomberg insists they pay taxes and matter of fact you can hear him say it on Youtube. He does a radio interview, I think with John Gambling where he says it. I wonder if he ever drove by 32-00 Northern blvd in Astoria, where everyday I would see the Mexicans lining up for food stamps or go into a grocery store and see them all paying with the EBT cards and meanwhile the city is on my ass because I’m behind in paying my taxes.
the “progressives” repeatedly show their Fascist side
Fail. And just think, NYC will be getting an even worse Mayor come the new year!
NYC blows, period.