Bloomberg wants smoking ban for NYC apartments?

New York City residents who are still smokers are an unloved bunch in the Big Apple. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it his mission to ban cigarettes from public places, including restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and even Times Square. And if hizzoner has his way, apartments will be his next smoke-free target.

To be clear, the rule introduced to the City Council doesn’t ban smoking in residential buildings; it would simply require that housing have written rules.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Bloomberg is proposing new legislation that would require residential buildings to develop written policies that address whether smoking is permitted in both indoor and outdoor locations, including lobbies, balconies, courtyards, laundry rooms and, most controversially, individual apartments. The goal is to alert prospective tenants and owners considering moving into a building about the rules governing smoking.”

Of course, New Yorkers know the bigger worry from fellow smoking residents isn’t second-hand smoke — it’s a fire in the building.

Bloomberg gave his assurance in a press conference that he has no intention of an outright ban, saying, “We’re not trying to ban anything. I’ve always believed, as you know, that if you want to smoke I think you should have a right to do so. But it kills you.”

The mayor certainly puts his money where his beliefs are. He has spent $600 million of his own fortune to end smoking around the globe.

What do you think?

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  1. As long as they don’t make all residential buildings smoke-free then I think that this is fair. There are a lot of restrictions on smoking out of doors here too. And in some cities near me you can’t even smoke in parks. Which is kind of strange to me since parks are places where people should feel free and there’s enough room in parks so no one has to breathe anyone else’s smoke.


    1. I think people are always breathing in that second-hand smoke. I don’t even like walking past someone in the street that is smoking. As soon as I walk past, the smoke goes right into my face.

      I don’t mind this “law” passing. It doesn’t seem like a ban. It will give the building the right to choose, if they are a smoking building or a non-smoking building, or saying where you can smoke on the premises.

      I think it is good to have a choice, when you own the property.

      Plus, a lot of people cause fires smoking in their apartments. So, if they want to protect their property, they should be able too.


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