Skip to comments.City Council Readies New Smoking Ban
Posted on 02/02/2011 1:29:37 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Attention Times Square denizens and those out for a stroll in Central Park: It will soon be time to put out your smokes forever.
The New York City Council is slated Wednesday afternoon to approve a ban on smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas like Times Square. The legislation marks the most ambitious expansion of the citys antismoking laws since Mayor Michael Bloomberg convinced the city lawmakers to approve a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and park playgrounds in 2003.
When this legislation is passed, all New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a walk in the park or a day at the beach without having to inhale secondhand smoke, said Speaker Christine Quinn when she and the mayor unveiled the proposed legislation in September. This bill will save lives and make New York City a healthier place to live.
Studies have shown that outdoor tobacco smoke levels can be as high as secondhand smoke levels indoors and there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, Quinn and officials in the mayors health department have argued. But opponents of the legislation have accused the mayor and the council of infringing on their rights and have disputed the level of risk associated with secondhand smoke.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. proposed compromise legislation that would carve out areas of parks and beaches where people could smoke. But his legislation appeared unlikely to win the day.
It still has a lot of support, Vallone said. Im disappointed leadership chose to move the original bill and not my compromise.
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No links...just half truths and innuendo, from an obvious government employee.
“My beef is watching people, like my father, die a miserable death while suffering greatly - on a daily basis, all due to tobacco.”
And there we have it. Your emotional suffering is now your justification to dictate the lives of other people. Again, as an emotional dictator, why are you on FR?
“I dont recommend or like the British commie medical system, but in merry old England you are denied heart surgery until you are smoke free for several months. They ration care to those who might actually benefit from the large outlay of money.”
In other words, you won’t admit that you advocate communism.
What I said before:
“You have obviously thought this issue through and feel strongly about it, so Im sure you can clear these things up for me.”
I was wrong.
Das Gut. Wunderbar.
Even the sight of a smoker has led to children and sensitive adults experiencing trauma for years.
And my dad died at the age of 38 while fishing...he slipped, hit his head, rendering him unconscious, and drowned in 4 feet of water (and my dad was a good swimmer and expert fisherman)...In case anyone thinks I am kidding, I wish I was—he died on his 38th birthday when I was 16 years old.
I guess we need to ban water and fishing and rocks that can be slipped on and the world will be a better place! ;) BTW, my dad was a casual smoker, mostly cigars and pipes, and I still think of him when I smell either.
I am sorry that you lost him at such a young age. Isn’t it amazing how scents can spark fond memories?
Am I to understand that you would have preferred he had no medical insurance? I quote you: "...as long as they deny them medical insurance." You referred to smokers.
Obviously you don't want YOUR dollars used to help them. Got it.
Do you have any solutions for supporting the children born to unwed mothers and fathers? Personally, I don't think it's right that those who get up and go to work everyday should have to give them one dime.
Let's not forget the obese, the illegal aliens, and lots of others who strain the medical system---unnecessarily.
PLEASE! Don't give smokers all your attention!
We agree. The statement on my post was a quote of another poster, so I will assume you meant to send this to him/her.