I remember when New York City instituted the indoor smoking ban in 2003, it seemed like the beginning of the end. It was, in many ways. Before long, smoking-bans spread throughout the country like tasty, delicious tobacco smoke. 28 states now have enacted bans on smoking in all indoor public places. Welp, at least we have outside, New York smokers thought. Then the outdoor public ban in public parks took hold in 2011 (before being halted). The latest effort from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch opponent of Americans’ God-given right to enter into a cripplingly addictive disgusting act of liberty, is now set to take place, with New York City Council voting to raise the age limit for purchasing tobacco products to 21.
“By increasing the smoking age to 21, we will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking,” Bloomberg said.
In pushing the bill, city officials said that the earlier people began smoking, the more likely they were to become addicted. And they pointed out that while the youth smoking rate in the city has declined by more than half since the beginning of the mayor’s administration, to 8.5 percent in 2007 from 17.6 percent in 2001, it has recently stalled. NYT
Even as a filthy smoker myself, and someone not inclined to the encroachment on smoky freedom, it’s hard to find fault with this idea. Some day we’re all going to look back on the era of smoking cigarettes with horror. Those of us who aren’t dead a decade too early.
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