News: New York At It Again

New York City Smokers are getting it from both ends over the last few days as Gov. Patterson and Mayor Bloomberg step up their anti-smoking movement. According to a report on gothamist.com Governor Paterson plans to sign a new law into effect once it gets through the senate. The law will prevent you from smoking with a child under the age of 14 in the car. Doing so will result in a $100.00 fine. Sounds bad enought, right? Well the original bill called for a $500.00 fine and jail time. The bill is being sponsored by two Democrats from Queens with Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, being behind the current bill. While the original bill sponsor was Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn who said, “we just want to give our kids a choice”. So my question is this, if Junior says “I dont mind if Mommy/Daddy smokes” will this be the choice needed to get you out of the fine? Or is the government telling our children how to think?

New Yorkers keep in mind that it was the Democrats who voted for the tax increase, please remember that when you go to the polls in November.

The second anti-smoking law is waiting for a final report from Mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley before moving forward. According to Dr. Farley there are more deaths attributed to smoking in NYC then AIDS, Homicide and Suicide combined. I personally would love to see this proof. Secondly Dr. Farley uses a prejudiced report by the Nicotine & Tobacco Research group which states that 57% of New Yorkers that don’t smoke have an elevated cotinine, a marker for smoking in their blood. Due to this “data” and the current anti-smoking movement taking away our choices the city is expected to make it illegal to smoke in parks & beaches. The law which would need to be passed by the City Council already has interest from City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, is interested in the idea but “feels that fines should be modest.”

Enough is enough!