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Bloomberg Bans Another Harmless Perk of Adulthood
Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2013 | Michael Schaus

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 he’s 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… There’d probably be fewer successful ex-smokers. Let’s face it: smokers probably aren’t 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 smoker’s 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, it’s that he feels justified in imposing his personal life-style choices on others. And he’s been largely successful. After all, who’s going to organize a “smoker’s pride parade,” or a “super-sized-soda sit-in”?

As he prepares to move deeper into national politics, the e-cigarette ban epitomizes Bloomberg’s legacy as mayor: It’s ill-advised, trivial, and overbearing. Now… If it just cost millions of taxpayer dollars, I’d say he was ready for DC.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bloominidiotberg; bullystate

1 posted on 12/23/2013 6:17:32 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They just don’t want to lose the tax dollars they get when smokers use tobacco.


2 posted on 12/23/2013 6:26:57 AM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics)
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To: Kaslin
Given his support of homosexual marriage, Mayor Bloomberg has no business telling people what they cannot put in our mouths.
3 posted on 12/23/2013 6:28:46 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Kaslin

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.


4 posted on 12/23/2013 6:29:54 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Kaslin

What is the excuse for government regulating the inhalation of water vapor

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There is NOTHING that liberals do not want to regulate. That way they have the option of taxing it.


5 posted on 12/23/2013 6:32:12 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Bobalu

I think you nailed it.


6 posted on 12/23/2013 6:33:28 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: Bobalu
The government doesn't get a penny of tax money from the tobacco I grow here on my property for my own use.

I don't care that they don't like it.

/johnny

7 posted on 12/23/2013 6:35:51 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Obadiah

Liberals are weak people. They need someone to rule over them and order their lives for them.

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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.


8 posted on 12/23/2013 6:36:48 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

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.


9 posted on 12/23/2013 6:37:34 AM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: Bobalu

They just don’t want to lose the tax dollars they get when smokers use tobacco.

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There’s a solution to that problem: Tax former smokers. lol


10 posted on 12/23/2013 6:38:06 AM PST by Starboard
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To: PowderMonkey

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.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/fatal-stabbing-of-soccer-coach-may-have-stemmed-from-bar-fight-police-say/?_r=0


11 posted on 12/23/2013 6:40:54 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Kaslin

You know what leads to a lot of health problems? Buggery.

Go on Bloomberg, take that on.


12 posted on 12/23/2013 6:42:09 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Kaslin

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.


13 posted on 12/23/2013 6:44:03 AM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I am sure many of the illegals- WHEN they work - get paid in cash, thus bypassing sending Uncle Sam his cut.


14 posted on 12/23/2013 6:50:42 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kaslin

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.


15 posted on 12/23/2013 6:50:55 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: Kaslin

He’s banned steam. What sort of mindless nut is he?


16 posted on 12/23/2013 7:01:49 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kaslin

NYers swallowed everything else, I’m sure they’ll swallow this. Assume the position.


17 posted on 12/23/2013 7:05:59 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: PowderMonkey

> Given his support of homosexual marriage, Mayor Bloomberg has no business telling people what they cannot put in our mouths.

Touche!....: )


18 posted on 12/23/2013 7:11:40 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

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.


19 posted on 12/23/2013 7:14:17 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Obadiah

“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.


20 posted on 12/23/2013 7:14:49 AM PST by Paulie
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To: Kaslin
I am using “blu” e-cigarettes and haven't had a real cigarette in a while. Now, I read here, I can't be in New York City with my e-cigarettes - darn, I'll have to cancel my trip - not. I've been to NYC several times but that was before this Hitler took over. I won't be back there, ever.
21 posted on 12/23/2013 7:18:08 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

> 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?


22 posted on 12/23/2013 7:26:45 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

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.


23 posted on 12/23/2013 7:33:05 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Kaslin

the “progressives” repeatedly show their Fascist side


24 posted on 12/23/2013 8:20:55 AM PST by Wuli
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To: PowderMonkey

+1.


25 posted on 12/23/2013 9:45:53 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj
What better way to cinch his legacy as a nannycrat than to ban a less dangerous alternative to dangerous cigarette smoking: e-cigarettes.....In other words, NYC is doing its best to outlaw a healthier and unobtrusive alternative to Lucky Strikes, Camel Lights, and Newport Menthols......According to business insiders, the ban will likely contribute to the prevalence of real smokers in Manhattan.

Fail. And just think, NYC will be getting an even worse Mayor come the new year!

26 posted on 12/23/2013 5:50:53 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj

NYC blows, period.


27 posted on 12/23/2013 7:11:13 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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