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NYC Cracks Down On Outdoor Smoking

February 24, 2011 by  

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a law that will outlaw smoking in the city's parks, beaches, boardwalks and other public locations.

According to media reports, Bloomberg approved the legislation after the city council voted 36 to 12 in support of the new restrictions earlier this month. The law, which goes into effect on May 23, allows NYC's parks department to issue $50 fines to individuals who smoke in these restricted areas.

The initiative is part of the city government's efforts to reduce potential health risks caused by second-hand smoke. In a written statement, Bloomberg said that the new laws will provide NYC residents and tourists alike with "a healthy place in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings."

In response, Audrey Silk, the director of New York Citizens Lobbying Against Smoke Harassment called the new law "tyranny, rationalized by a lie" that second-hand smoke is harming people outdoors, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, government officials in Hennepin County — the most populous county in Minnesota — are also making efforts to expand their anti-smoking laws. According to the Niles Daily Star, the new regulations, if approved, would ban smoking on all county-owned property, even if smokers are in their own cars.

"I don’t think this proposal is about health or cleanliness at all. It’s just an infringement on citizens’ rights," said Katie Rohman, a columnist for the news provider. "I don’t smoke and never have, but when government attempts to dictate something that is perfectly legal, that is overstepping its boundaries."

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  • TIME

    Soon Little boy Blumie, aka Lil Hitler will outlaw breathing air in NYC too.
    Look folks the city has a vibe all its own and smoke is part of that vibe just as the taxi speeding down the streets weaving in and out of trafic like a mad man is at the wheel, and there sure is one.
    The smell of Pizza, and Trash, and people who have on all kinds of strange smelling goo’s. Thats the way of the city.
    So when will Lil Hitler outlaw walking, driving, or PIZZA?

    Look I don’t smoke, but its no damm politician’s right to tell someone who smokes not to, or where they can, (if they pay tax’s) they can smoke their brains out if they so wish to anywhere they so wish to.

    • Al Sieber

      TIME, you got that right, I smoke cigars once in a while, big deal. a motor vehicle puts out more pollution than 20 people smoking. so is the mayor gonna come out to Arizona and tell the people they can’t smoke like the gun incident last week? the people of NYC deserve what they get for electing the tyrant.

      • Al Sieber

        And it looks like they’ll be hiring lots of cigarette police, the city must need revenue bad to further trample on peoples rights.

    • JC

      It’s typical of the old axiom of control. When there are no criminals to enforce laws on, you create them. Thus granting the state more power to control…simple.
      And what does it say about a society that marginalizes and demonizes an identifiable portion of the population and turns them into social outcasts through propoganda?
      And who’s next on the hit list? Fat people? The mentally retarded? Gum Chewers? Disabled people? The elderly?
      The very notion that this sort of ridiiculous thinking could take hold in America (the Land of the Free)is symptomatic of the decline of our society.
      Sad.

  • home boy

    funny that the city wants to clean up smoking and makes no effort to clean up the polution from trucks, buses, and cars.

  • http://AOL.COM FRENCHIE

    OH, FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD….WHEN ARE THE MEN IN WHITE JACKETS GONNA COME FOR THIS TIN-POT TYRANT? I’M STILL AMAZED THAT PEOPLE LIKE BLOOMBERG AREN’T MORE APPRECIATIVE OF US SMOKERS WHO PROVIDE THEM WITH ENDLESS TAX MONEY TO WASTE AT WILL. EVERYTIME A NEW TAX IS NEEDED, WHO GETS HIT UP FIRST? DAMN RIGHT, SMOKERS!!! “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”….WELL, WHY ISN’T ANYONE EVER THERE TO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF SMOKERS? IF WE AREN’T GOING TO BE REPRESENTED, QUIT TAXING THE HELL OUT OF US !!! GO AFTER THEM INFERNAL GUM CHEWERS OR POP DRINKERS OR SOMEBODY ELSE FOR A CHANGE. WE PAY MORE TAXES THAN NON-SMOKERS, WHICH MEANS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SMOKE WHENEVER & WHEREVER WE DAMN WELL PLEASE. YOU OUGHT TO BE GLAD WE SMOKE & TAKE THAT EXTRA TAX BURDEN OFF OF YOU. GET OVER IT………

  • LTCMSCUSAR1

    Bloomberg said that the new laws will provide NYC residents and tourists alike with “a healthy place in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings.”

    Really, we are talking about New York are we not???????????

    • Al Sieber

      Yeah LTCM, thats NYC, the mayor should concentrate on muggings, murder etc. instead of people smoking outside, he’ll have to build more jails for the smokers.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Al… It does seem like Bloomberg is not playing with a full deck. I am now a nonsmoker. I don’t like to be around people who smoke. However, I think NY has a lot of other more serious problems to deal with than to pass laws such as these. Priorities seem to be askew in his office!

        • Al Sieber

          Robin, good for you, never smoked cigarettes, but cigars once in a while, but smoking is smoking.

          • Dan az

            Hey Al
            I have something smoking for blooming idiot its at the end of my barrel!

  • Deep River Rat

    Why not outlaw living? Bloomberg! “You Are An Idiot”

    • tim

      Thank you deep river, I couldn’t have said it any better, at least without being thrown off this column.
      This clown has been going after guns and smoking for years now. Everytime he goes after guns, pro gun people light up a cigarette, now he’s probably really pissing them off. Doesn’t he have a city to run??? Maybe if he spent more time doing that, new york would be worth kicking back and relaxing in. You sure as hell wouldn’t catch me in central park unless he would issue me a concealed carry license and let me light up a 10 dollar pack of smokes. Yeah, right!!!!
      He’s bitching about cigarette smoking. Hell, smokers in new york pay a 7 dollar tax bill everytime they buy a pack. Bloomberg, you are an idiot!!

  • Jack

    Little pipsqueak mayor shortstuff has an inferiority complex. He believes that his gestapo tactics will somehow raise his stature. I’d like to get my hands on this little a__hole. We should start a boycott of New York City.

  • Munday/TX

    well when people quit going to NYC due to his stupidity, maybe the people will figure it out and vote this clown down the river!

  • Al Sieber

    What’s he gonna do when Obama comes there and lights up?

  • s c

    Robin, I’m not certain Bubba Bloomberg ever had a ‘full deck.’ He seems bent on proving that he’s not just a regular, normal horse’s asset. He’s in full campaign mode (not unlike Obummer).
    With a putz like Bloomberg around, I can understand why so many wealthy New Yorkers are finding better places to live (OUT of NY). I can’t tell if he’s acting like Rahmbo, or if Rahmbo is acting like Bloomberg. One loser is pretty much like the other, I guess.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      s c… Do any of the Dems ever get OUT of campaign mode? It sure seems like they spend more time keeping their faces in the press then attending to the duties they were elected to do!

      • s c

        You got it, Robin. It’s no different than the back-stabbing ‘teachers,’ the sociopath legislators and the illegal, excuse-writing slimer MDs and posers in Wisconsin.
        They think their only ‘duty’ is to do what their puppet masters tell them to do, and SCREW taxpayers and America. It’s SO lucrative, and it’s almost like having a real job without having to show up.

  • Raggs

    So when is bloomberger going to micro-chip NY citizens to watch thier every move?

  • 45caliber

    “”I don’t think this proposal is about health or cleanliness at all. It’s just an infringement on citizens’ rights,” said Katie Rohman, a columnist for the news provider. “I don’t smoke and never have, but when government attempts to dictate something that is perfectly legal, that is overstepping its boundaries.”

    I have to agree with her. I haven’t smoked in over 40 years now but I don’t believe it is my right to raise Cain about a smoker enjoying his cigarette outside in the open. I don’t really care if he smokes inside. As yet, I’ve not heard of ANY case of someone getting cancer from second hand smoke, despite some non-smoker complaints. I’ll admit it can cause problems for someone who already has some problem but none that were created by it.

    To tell the truth, I have far more problems due to alergies with some of the perfume that the ladies like to wear.

  • Papa

    It’s all really simple. People like Bloomberg will keep on making stupid “RULES” for everyone else to live by until The People get fed up, take the “ticket” from some parks dept. flunky and stuff it down his throat!

    Walk a few hundred MEN into one of those parks, refuse the tickets and instead, take away their ticket books and tear them to shreds then MAYBE some of the “ELITES” in New York City will get the idea.

    Of course, I don’t live in New York, and considering the kind of “LAWS” that city keeps making I have no intention of even visiting. Maybe we should start shipping more of the “SHEEPLE” there so they’ll leave the rest of us alone…

  • bhscpa

    The anti-smoking Nazis are at it again. They can’t get a national law so they have accomplished their goal state by state. The constant harrassment of smokers by the anti-smoking lobby has made confirmed smokers for life out of some people who don’t like the government telling them what to do. We have fewer and fewer Americans who resent government intrusion in their lives, it’s a pity.

    • Dan az

      bhscpa
      Exactly right on, for me I hear that a pack goes for 10 bucks there, sounds to me the starting of a black market and prohibition.The beginnings of more crime for the big city.Good job bloomer!

      • JC

        Not to mention the complete hypocrisy of the controlling laws…
        If smoking is so bad for Non-Smokers, even in an outdoor setting…
        If is’s so vile, so toxic…why the hell isn’t it banned altogether?
        Oh that’s right, Billions in tax dollars, a further impoverishment of the populace, the ability to crack down on people, and uncountable amounts invested in tobacco farms and firms by our own government.
        Hypocrites!

      • pb

        Dan,

        I read an article a few months back saying that the black marketing of cigs. was alive and well there. This of course was after the feds shut down the mailing of cigs. through the post office and NY state raised the taxes. They were pissed that folks would buy their cigs. from the reservation and not have to pay all the taxes.

    • pb

      I agree with you. To me this is nothing more than a witch hunt. The more they try to ban smoking the more I dig in my heels and say to hell with you.

  • JR

    I’ve never been to New York City and never intend to. Same for Chicago. Now if we could just keep Bloomy and Rahmy in their respective soviets to keep them from interfering with everyone else’s rights it would be better for America.

  • Raggs

    I’ll bet that the unions are tied into this!

  • http://GOGGLE vaksal

    The bloomberg bunch have shown again they have total disrespect for any citizens civil rights,and again as always do as they please and make up laws that are so unamerican,it shows that these type of people have caused the collaspe of this nations rights,what next from this communist liberal neo-com leader? toilet meters,to tax people for the waste they generate at home? it just shows the hard cold truth that folks like bloomberg are no friends to this nation,but trouble making communist socialist usurpers in sheeps cothing,and are more likely to be the ones that would march this republic to its death,and in return turn this nation into a slave state colony of the chosen people,just look around its always the bunch on top that cause national problems,fixing elections and buying canidates,and doing as they damn well please at everyones expense,the point is when do we the people put our foot down and arrest these crimnals in suits,this is not freedom its dictatorship! its not AMERICAN.

  • 45caliber

    I’ve gotten along well enough without visiting NY for this long, I see no reason to go anytime in the future.

    • Raggs

      Agreed… Add Chicago to the list! Throw in California as well.

      • 45caliber

        They are already on my list.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    Here’s another reason why we may be turning into the laughingstock of the world. My understanding is that many European nations are less restrictive on issues like this, and perhaps tourists have more freedom to smoke in their own nations. Sadly they have to come here and see our ninny nanny statists at work, eroding away at the freedoms which made America great. How embarrassing!! I sure wish I could relocate away from this city, to a more sane and rational political environment. New Yorkers are so ignorant to keep re-electing not only democraps, but also a mayor like Bloomturd who thumbed his nose at our term limit laws. Remember the disastrous 11/4/2008 election in which the theme was “Hope and CHANGE”?? Of course, it would be great if New Yorkers would wise up and use that theme. It’s clear that the statists and democraps have been in power for years, and their policies have been a disaster. …..New York, you really need CHANGE!!

    • Raggs

      Funny that you should mention the EU..
      What do you expect is going to happen since obama is now the leader of the EU and the NWO?

  • Rebecca

    How can one ever hope to enforce this when the president lights up on a regular?

  • barbm

    ny doesn’t have a monopoly on the govt insinuating itself into our lives too far. san antonio is considering a similar bill. i will smoke outside anywhere i want. if they arrest me, we’ll go all the way to the supreme court even if i have to stay in jail for the duration. i will NOT pay a fine. i have as much right to smoke as others do to not. we have so many problems facing us, i just don’t understand why our “leaders” can’t find something more constructive to do with their time.

    • meteorlady

      It’s what happens when the government makes all it citizens accountable for all it’s citizens. You smoke so you contribute to the high cost of health care, that means the rest of us pay more. You smoke and leave your trash on the sidewalks and all of us have to pay for the clean-up.

      Wait… I’m not attacking you because you smoke – that’s your decision. I’m just saying that as the government gets more and more socialized, this is what happens. I can’t have trans fats anymore and I really think that changed the way McDonald’s french fries taste – I don’t like them now. So, when you let government step into health care and services, you run the risk of this happening more and more.

  • http://com i41

    barbm, go after their azzes, in jail you will 3 squares and tell them you can get voilent, so you get a single room and peace and quiet. I don’t smoke and have alway thought the whole idea of banning smoking was a bs plan. If you don’t like it leave or move on. I don’t like fish and tofu, but I’m not gooing to ban people from eating it or worms. When cities, states, and federal government thinks they can control private businesses, it is time too pull the reins up hard on these stuffed pus gutted idoits.

  • June

    How ridiculous – -next thing ya know, Mikee will outlaw all vehicular traffic, on NYC street; after all, carbon monoxide is far more “deadly” than even second-hand smoke! That would make just a much sense. Talk about “overstepping”! This baby hitler has to go! (lower case is intentional)! The “political fatheads” are what killing our economy!

  • June

    Sorry, typed too fast and dropped the s’s!!

  • Zlatica

    Well, sound political correct. I believe in God strongly , and try as much as possible to obey his ten Commandments and I keep to doing it even I have to die for Him . He is only One I bow to . How about criminals who kils and so . This is all against the God Almighty and His only begoten son Jesus Christ or in hebrew Jeshua .We pay immoral bilions money for criminals to get education, we have to pay for it , food,they do nothing but exercising when they get out to terrorize us more,they smoke under the very nose of guards,which protect us, they have a sex ,drugs ,you name it.Got almighty is saying from the biginning who doesn’t work has no right to eat,and the same Jesus Christ.Smokers are easy targets ,because they pay taxes, obey the law and so on.Think what else a righteus person will have to take more from so called “Liberals” freedom ,since we are already they prisoners.They can’t get a penny from criminals , law breakers etc. Think….!!!!!!

  • meteorlady

    WOW he’s busy sending people to AZ and other states to buy guns illegally, now he’s cracking down on smoking? Is he crazy? His city has high crime rates and is broke and he’s using these as a smoke screen to keep people from knowing the truth…… He’s a bad leader.

  • WanderingMinstrel

    Bloomberg is such a blatant control freak. I can’t believe New Yorkers tolerate his crap. I thought the big apple was supposed to be full of tough individuals. As far as I can tell it’s become a liberal bastion of subjects loyal to his highness “The Mayor”. He banned trans fats as if New Yorkers can’t decide for themselves and a host of other lies about protecting their health and now this. New York is not now nor will it ever be on my list of places to wander to. If New Yorkers are too wimpy to stand up to this totoletarian BS then they deserve to be the subservient sheep they’ve become.

  • GotSense

    I think it’s a good move to ban smoking in parks, and other public locations. If people are doing something that causes major health risks, or harm to others, then it should be banned! Just like banning drinking alcoholic beverages while driving an automobile, or banning texting-while-driving. It is the right thing to do. Plus cigarette butts litter the ground in a way that’s not enjoyable to look at. They should also be fined smokers $100 for littering, because somebody has to sweep up the butts, and the city workers got to get paided.

  • FWO21

    It’s about CONTROL people; that’s all.

    Hey, GotSense, get some sense. New York is not a healthy place to live in, period. If they would provide receptacles for cigarette butts, then people would use them; or at least most people would. What about homosexuals doing their thing in the park? I would find that very offensive.

  • http://inprogress jesse313

    THE PEOPLE OF NY STATE KEEP RE-ELECTING CHUCKIE SCHUMER SO WHY WOULD YOU THINK NYC PEOPLE WOULD BE WISE ENOUGH TO FIRE BLLOOMBURG, THE IDIOT.SINCE ATF IS UNDER THE LOOKING GLASS, MAYBE HE WILL SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL, HIS TIME IS COMMING. SOMEONE SAID IT EARLIER. SHEEPLE..IT’S TIME FOR THE STATE AS A WHOLE TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THEIR STUPID LAWS AND LAWMAKERS.

  • Joseph

    The dopey ban placed on smokers in N.Y.C. cannot be blamed on Bloomberg alone. He had his city council that helped pass this unconstitutional ruling. This is just another indication of citizen control by the elite group. That fact that Bloomberg and his money had the audacity to just chang the two year term limit so that he could remain in office until he decided to leave is an indication of the respect he has for the proletariate. What control is next?

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