Heil Bloomberg!

Now Bloomberg wants to ban New Yorkers smoking in their OWN homes 

By Sean O’hare

Michael Bloomberg
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg denied plans for a home smoking ban

Anti-smoking police are set to patrol New York neighborhoods and stop people smoking in their own homes, secret new documents reveal.

Community groups will be sent out to convince  landlords and tenants across the city to turn their private buildings into smoke-free zones, according to the documents seen by the New York  Post.

The community groups would ‘work with property managers, tenants, and others on adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies’, the document says.

In return for their work, each community group will collect a $10,000 bounty — paid for out of a Centers for Disease Control grant.

Fuhrer Bloomberg

Fuhrer Bloomberg

The news comes one year after the city banned smoking in parks and beaches, despite promises by Mayor Bloomberg that there were no plans to extend a ban to apartment buildings.

The document explains how neighborhood contractors would help develop New York health department’s agenda in tobacco, alcohol, exercise and diet.

Contractors would improve community awareness  and promote ‘voluntary adoption of smoke-free policies to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke’.

Critics called the plan an affront to  personal freedom and suspect that it has long been in the pipeline and waited  for the public to get used to the public smoking ban before introducing one in homes.

City politicians denied there was any such plan.

Bloomberg spokesperson Samantha Levine said:  ‘The city is not banning smoking in private residences; as part of this federal grant, organizations can apply to fund projects that, among other things,  educate the community on voluntary smoke-free housing policies.’

 
SmokingLandords will be able to change the wording on the lease and implement ban when lease comes up for renewal

Landlords interested in introducing a smoking ban need only change the wording on the lease once it comes up for renewal. Tenants would  then have the choice of signing the new lease and accepting the terms or moving  on.

There are no laws prohibiting a landlord from banning smoking, according to real-estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey. Landlords need only change the language of the lease, and once it’s time to renew, the smoker can decide to move or stay.

Landlord owners of condominiums would need a 66 per cent majority vote among their tenants in favor of a ban in order to implement it.

Most restaurants in the city outlawed smoing  in 1995, followed by bars and bar areas of restaurants in 2002.

The document reveals that although the number of smokers in the city has  dropped,  850,000 adults and about 18,000 high school students still smoke.

Smoke vs. Toke

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It seems, in so many ways, America is being turned upside down. What seems logical is illogical and vice versa. I can think of no better example than that of cigarettes and marijuana.

Cigarettes are legal substance. They can be purchased at any minimart, megamart and everywhere in between.No Smoking

One may purchase cigarettes in New York City for between $11 and $14.50 per pack, but there is practically nowhere in the city to smoke them. Makes perfect sense.

There is an interesting phenomenon happening in this country. It seems the legal substance cigarettes, is being regulated into illegality, while the illegal substance marijuana, is gaining legality.

At the same time more states and municipalities are outlawing the use of cigarettes, they are enacting legislation to legalize marijuana. I say outlawing the use of cigarettes, not the sale, for governments could never go without the tax revenue.

Could this be the driving force for legalization of pot? Rhode Island, on the heels of the Colorado and Washington state legalization success, has vowed to bring marijuana legalization to vote. They have already estimated a $30 million tax windfall from the sale of a newly legalized substance.

Legalize pot But that could never be. No politician would put tax revenue head of the health of his or her constituents. (I almost fell out of my chair laughing at that one).

I’ve been saying for years; if cigarettes are so harmful, ban them. Ban the sale, not just the use. The whole concept is just absurd.

It would be like being able to purchase a car, but the state telling you, you may not drive it for you may get into an accident and kill someone.

There is no doubt that cigarettes are bad for you and are the source of suffering and death for many. Most in government, as do many ill-informed Americans, claim that smoking puts a strain on the health care system.

From a purely practical and economic standpoint, I contend cigarettes, in the long run, actually save the health care system money and thus the taxpayer. Most chronic smokers develop health problems earlier and thus die earlier than non-smokers, thereby saving money that the taxpayer would otherwise have to pay later in the non-smokers life. I know that sounds heartless but it is logical from a purely economic view.

I would find it impossible to believe that chronic marijuana smokers wouldn’t have similar health problems later in life. So what is the driving force toward legalization of pot?

Could it be that marijuana advocates have become so numerous in these states, as to force legislation or a ballot referendum? Are there that many pot smokers in this country? I sincerely doubt it.

If that isn’t it, what is behind this push for legalization? Also, when marijuana is legalized, where might potheads be able to light up? I ask, due to the dearth of cigarette friendly areas in most states these days.Pot-Head Lobby

For example, in liberal Boulder Colorado, most likely pothead central, cigarette smoking has been banned practically everywhere, even on porches, patios and balconies.

In Oregon there is a statewide ban and a rider within the state law allowing for municipalities to further restrict the use of cigarettes.

California also has a statewide ban on the use of cigarettes and plenty of cities and towns have further restrictions, such as bans on smoking outdoors, at bus stops, parks, and beaches, as well as in apartments and condominiums.

With all the restrictions on cigarettes, a supposed legal substance, will these restrictive municipalities allow pot smokers to light up in Park or their apartment? Might there be a special pothead waiver?

Knowing liberals as I do, I would likely say yes. Marijuana will be allowed were cigarettes aren’t. Yes, we are in bizarro world.

As for why the push to legalize marijuana, I believe there is only one reason and it is not the powerful pothead lobby.california-cannabis Say it with me…Taxes!

States, like the feds, spend money like drunken sailors. My apologies to drunken sailors. They don’t have the spines to cut spending nor do they have the slightest desire to do so. So they must find new streams of revenue. Legalizing and taxing marijuana is the new stream they have discovered. Like the Lewis and Clark of taxes.

It will be interesting to see just how far the spineless political class will go with the neRasta Monw drug legalization thing. The radicals on the left, of course, will never stop at just marijuana. This is simply the jump off point for them. After they’ve tasted success in several more states, they will move on to some other drug. Mark my words!

I have an idea for the most hated industry this side of Big Oil. Phillip Morris could become the most beloved company of the left. They just have to introduce “Marlboro Joints”. Instead of the Marlboro man, the macho cowboy smoking a cigarette, they could introduce the Marlboro Rasta-Mon, standing at the checkout of a 7-11 with the joint in one hand and a microwave burrito in the other.