Bloomy: No Compromise On Smoking Ban

NEW YORK(1010 WINS / WCBS 880) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out Councilman Peter Vallone’s compromise plan about creating smoking zones in parks and beaches once again on Friday.

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Bloomberg said he’s not willing to pursue an idea that would be both costly and difficult to enforce.

“I think the zones don’t work. It would cost a lot to enforce. The bottom line is this is one of those programs that came from the public, rather than from the government’s side,” he said.

Instead, he wants to continue fighting for an outright ban in public parks and beaches—something he said the public wants just as much.

“They don’t like someone sitting on a blanket up wind of them smoking on a beach or in a park. They keep complaining and complaining and complaining,” he said. “People complain on the beaches about the cigarette butts and the packs, the same at the parks.”

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  1. Jessica says:

    I work in an office building in Midtown. Unfortunately a prominent tenant allows her key employees (chain smokers) to smoke to their delight in their offices. It is too cold for them to smoke outside. I have lodged a complaint with the office management, but because they are substantial tenant, management will not intercede. 311 was called twice but this influential tenant knows how to work the system. The Fire Dept. says they do not have jurisdiction, neither does OSHA.
    I have been suffering respiratory and middle ear issues.
    what can I do to have the NYC code enforced? How can I get my meesage to the Mayor?

  2. a.p.huijzer says:

    Dear Mr,Bloomberg, ban the cigaret smoke from N.Y.
    What will you do about the free smoke from, cars,buses and trucks.
    Good health, from the Netherlands

  3. Bruce_Almty says:

    To paraphrase—As NY goes, so LAUGHS America.

  4. Joinordie says:

    This man must be taken down either bloomer must step down peacefully or he must be overthrown. A wait I forgot he took away all of our guns. Well I guess he can do whatever the hell he wants now

  5. balto says:

    It’s funny — NYC is such a dirty city, filth everywhere — all that garbage piled up during the snowstorms. Bloomberg is hilarious — walks right past a 12 foot high pile of garbage his guys have left for 2 weeks to complain about a cigarette butt.

  6. Frankie Valley-of-the-Jolly-Green Marlboro says:

    As the Four Seasons Once sang: “Smoke till you choke, drink till you stink, and fot till you rot my son”.

  7. Adolph Bloomberger w/o Cheese says:

    Heils for smiles!

  8. Nikos says:

    Ban all sources of combustion – BBQs, fireplaces, airplanes, cars, trucks, and busses first. Then you can ban smoking outside. Exhaust from all these things will actually kill you in minutes in an enclosed space, cigarette smoke will not. Unfortunately, Napoleon Bloomberg likes to pick easy targets to advance his career. On the beach,ban fat chicks in thongs and guys in speedos, they adversely affect my health by making me throw up.

    1. Bruce_Almty says:

      Can i still wear my nut huggers on the beach?

  9. lovethineighbor says:

    How about tampons on the beach. I have found baby diapers and plastic baby bottles as well. How about a law that bans working on beautiful days. We should be enjoying beautiful weather instead we are inside breathing in phosphorus gases
    omitted by florescent lighting in small enclosed spaces. What about putting a ban on people that make too much money in a world where there are too many people starving to death.

  10. Steve says:

    Even as a non-smoker, I will tell you that the studies on second hand smoke are mostly nonsense, and mostly funded by non-smoking advocacy groups, the likes of which Kris probably belongs to.Your kid is more likely to be struck and killed by a meteor, or disemboweled by a mythical beast than develop emphysema or cancer because someone 100 ft away from them at the beach or park is smoking a cigarette. I’m considerably more concerned about the mental health of the smokers, who are constantly and publicly shamed for having an addiction. These are people to pity and wish better, not legislate against and make pariah’s of. It’s gullible Suzie Homemaker’s like ‘Kris’ that empower idiotic bullies like Mike Bloomberg to take stances like this, much to the detriment of civil liberties and personal freedom.

  11. Joj says:

    To be realistic-Jaws coming out of the water has a better shot to hurt your health then someone smoking in a beach.Because of the size & high winds.And the cigarette butts- how about doing something about the chicken bones in the sand and water?Disgusting.So are the beer bottles everywhere-why not ban booze Mike?Is booze good for you health?

  12. different steven says:

    @Kris, Not to debate you, but more to re-enforce you, if smokers want to kill themselves slowely let them have at it. But as ‘big joe’ points out, their choice has cost implications for us all.
    Caution is required before the government tells us what to eat, drink, drive, etc… All for the general good.
    Smoking exposes others who have no choice in the matter. As does drinking alcohol. Ban these items, or tax them in accordance with the costs of health care and reparations associted.

  13. steven says:

    Screaming babies and double-wide strollers WILL kill you when these crazy nannies walk side by side on the sidewalk and you need to step in the street to get around them. I say ban strollers on city sidewalks. They’re a nuisance. \

    While we are at it why not ban Starbucks. I hate coffee just as much as Bloomy seems to hate cigs!

  14. BS Meter says:

    This is a step too far. Somebody must be blowing smoke up Councilmember Brewer’s way — for her to suddenly find this light, in the 3rd Term. PS — How about simply giving people summonses for littering? follow smokers around, zap a HS kid or two walking outside a school (throwing wrappers, bottles, etc.).. if you want to make the City cleaner, then do that.

  15. James Valler says:

    It’s most comforting to know that Doctor Bloomberg cares so much about our health.

  16. Kris says:

    I’m all for smokers killing themselves slowly, but when it affects my health, and the health of my child, then yes, legislate. Screaming babies and double-wide strollers will not kill you, no matter how much you whine about it.

    1. Steve says:

      Even as a non-smoker, I will tell you that the studies on second hand smoke are mostly nonsense, and mostly funded by non-smoking advocacy groups, the likes of which Kris probably belongs to.Your kid is more likely to be struck and killed by a meteor, or disemboweled by a mythical beast than develop emphysema or cancer because someone 100 ft away from them at the beach or park is smoking a cigarette. I’m considerably more concerned about the mental health of the smokers, who are constantly and publicly shamed for having an addiction. These are people to pity and wish better, not legislate against and make pariah’s of. It’s gullible Suzie Homemaker’s like ‘Kris’ that empower idiotic bullies like Mike Bloomberg to take stances like this, much to the detriment of civil liberties and personal freedom.

  17. Irby says:

    People are complaining about the MTA raising the prices on public transportation, where is Bloomberg on tackling that issue?

  18. Mikeb says:

    Bloomberg’s usual “for the people” responce to take away civil liberties is comical.Where is the survey to say that?Or is “the public” Gale Brewer talking her ear off.And is Peter Vallone’s constituency not the public?

  19. big joe says:

    If nobody smoked, health care costs would be cut by 50% or more. Freedom stops at the point it adversely affects others.

    1. Eroa says:

      And how much will enforcing the smoking ban city wide of every beach and park costs in terms of crime going up (while cops are busy harrasing a million smokers).

    2. John Galt says:

      And if nobody smoked, the government would go into a panic over the lost revenue from cigarette taxes! The govt makes more from a pack of cigarettes than the tobacco companies do.

  20. joe k says:

    I’m from the government, I’m here to help you

  21. Get real says:

    You cant controll everything. Let it go, its bad enough you want to rasie taxes for WHAT to enforce no smoking laws. How do you splee corruption NYC… http://www.kriegsview.com for facts about unemployment and the taxes you want to impose for 2011

  22. jp says:

    I quit smoking 26 years ago but I still feel for those that are addicted. Leave them alone already.

  23. BBG says:

    That’s ridiculous. smoking outside should be any ones freedom. To take it away is wrong. if you want to stop some of the littering put more trashcans out and ashtrays beside them. quit trying to restrict peoples freedom!

    1. mary driscoll says:

      Couldn’t agree more!! We smokers are large part of the public too and ought to file tons of complaints of our own. Our freedom is under serious attack and we should have the same right as anyone to be comfortable outside!

    2. Clara says:

      Dear fellow libertarians,

      If there is one thing that we all ought to realize when talking about rights, it is this

      THERE ARE OFTEN CONFLICTS BETWEEN OPPOSING RIGHTS.

      For example, what would you say to smokers, who have children, smoking in their own private homes? Now that isn’t forbidden by law. And yet, one cannot help wonder how to balance the parent’s right to smoke with the child’s right to avoid second-hand smoke? Of-course, the child may not always complain and may even take to early smoking. Now, if nobody is complaining, there is no argument from rights, no question of conflict of rights. But then, the child’s health could surely have been far better in a healthier environment – you see the point, don’t you?

      We have to choose the right balance between opposing rights of different people keeping the larger picture in perspective – by trying to identify which things are gratuitous and which absolutely important (good health, for example).

  24. nystrele says:

    i complain about screaming babies and double-wide strollers… LEGISLATE! let’s make EVERYTHING that annoys ANYONE a law! nanny state rules… geez, enough already.

    1. Sasha says:

      Errr…the kids are probably screaming because the cigarette smoke is KILLING them. And about having to pay more to medicare to allow folks with Emphysema to stay alive longer in medical care facilities. Wake up, second hand cigarette smoke KILLS people. Screaming babies and double-wide strollers don’t kill people. Smokers always feel as if their invasion of someone elses health should not matter, but WHOA! the other way around…..is something else.

  25. bloombergyellowteeth says:

    Who are these people complaining amd complaining?Are they the voices in his head?

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