NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new push to cut down on smoking and vaping – including new taxes and license requirements.
But as WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, the City Council is considering going well beyond that.READ MORE: President Biden Expected To Issue Sanctions Against Russia
One bill would ban smoking in common areas of all apartment buildings. Health Commissioner Mary Bassett had no objection to that, but she did take issue with another bill that would outlaw smoking in public housing apartments, or any others that receive city funding.
“We don’t believe that it’s fair for New York City to ban smoking only in subsidized housing for low-income New Yorkers,” she said.READ MORE: 'Plus-Up' Stimulus Checks Going Out To Those Who Were Underpaid
Bassett argued that another bill would at least force landlords to disclose smoking policies.
City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. (D-31st) fired back that poorer New Yorkers “don’t have a choice of choosing between a luxury building and a low-income building.”
“I look forward to continuing the conversation,” Bassett said.MORE NEWS: Sources: Ex-Boyfriend Gunned Down Lizbeth Mass While She Was Working At Construction Site On City Island
Another bill would ban smoking or vaping in cars with a child under the age of 8. Bassett said she is not sure how that would be enforced, “or if the age limit is appropriate to ensure public health benefits.”