A new war on smokers was launched on Thursday. Not by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but by the man who wants to replace him, Anthony Weiner.
New York City’s push to raise the tobacco purchase age has now spread across the Hudson River.
According to officials, the 95-cent tax would generate an additional $50 million in tax revenue for the state. The cigarette tax is currently $3.40 per pack in the state/
On Monday it was personal. Queens Councilman James Gennaro teared up as he joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley to sponsor a bill to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in New York City.
Tobacco products would be required to be kept in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in any other concealed location.
Smoking bans were enacted in several parts of Hudson and Bergen Counties this week and the reaction has been mixed.
It is illegal to text or talk on a cell phone and drive in Connecticut, and now if one state lawmaker has his way, there will also be restrictions on smoking and driving.
Smoking has been banned in New York City restaurants since 1995, in bars since 2002, and in parks and beaches since last year. Now, the city is reportedly offering community boards rewards of $10,000 to convince landlords to ban smoking in apartments.
We all know that smoking is unhealthy – even deadly. Though 69 percent of smokers say they want to quit, it isn’t easy. The Internet, especially social media, is becoming a big aid in the quest to quit smoking.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned smoking in New York City parks and is trying to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces. But he already has his sights on his next target: baby formula.
NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment said the signs are misleading since the Cuomo administration in May suspended planned restrictions that would be enforced with a potential disorderly conduct ticket.
New York’s Legislature has voted to ban selling electronic cigarettes to minors.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that now is the perfect time for buildings to convert to cleaner heating fuels and the city wants to help them do it, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.
“Smoking in parks is now down two-thirds and we now have less litter at our beaches and playgrounds,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley told.
To me, it seems like it would be better to allow all those who smoke cigarettes to spread out evenly across the city rather than ghettoizing them into designated buildings.