Why New York Is The Big Town

Ten years ago New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg snuffed out cigarette smoking in the city’s restaurants, bars, and workplaces, an achievement his NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City celebrated in this full-page New York Times ad yesterday:

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Ten years? Feh.

Brookline passed a smoking ban almost twenty years ago. Boston effectively banned smoking in bars and restaurants 15 years ago.

But did the city of Boston run a 10-year anniversary ad in the Globe five years ago? Did Brookline run a full-page ad in the Tab ten years ago?

No.

Draw your own conclusions.

UPDATE from our Bloomberg Never Sleeps desk

Also in yesterday’s New York Times:

SMOKING-articleLargeMayor Seeks to Cut Off Cheap Cigarettes

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg opened a new front in his antismoking campaign last week when he proposed new legislation that would require stores to keep tobacco products out of sight, making New York the first city in the nation to do so.

Its companion bill, however, has the potential to be just as groundbreaking, experts on tobacco control said. Along with strengthening the penalties on retailers that evade tobacco taxes, the second bill establishes a minimum price for cigarettes and cigarillos, or little cigars, of $10.50 a pack, the first time such a strategy has been used to combat smoking. The bill also prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons or offering other discounts, like two-for-one deals.

Hell, why not just make them $105 a pack and be done with it.

After all, Bloomberg is (finally) term-limited.

Which means he’s also limit-limited.

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One Response to Why New York Is The Big Town

  1. My dad’s Republican friends tried to warn us that recycling would destroy the economy, but no one listened, and look what happened.

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