Mayor Continues War On Smoking (In Your Living Room)

When cunningly-crafted legislation and a stubborn hatred of smoking intersect, there can only be one man at the crossroads: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a long-time opponent of mankind’s two favorite things to roll and smoke: tobacco and marijuana. Since banning smoking in New York’s parks, restaurants and bars, the mayor now has his eye on private apartments.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the mayor intends to propose legislation that would require building owners to explicitly state whether or not smoking is allowed in apartments and public areas.

Though the law would not explicitly prohibit smoking in apartments, it would owners to pick a side (the mayor’s office hopes that more will choose the smokeless route).

Inch by inch, the mayor is advancing the front line in his war on smoking. If the trend continues, New York’s considerable number of smokers may soon have few places left to get their fix.


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  1. Lauren Prince says

    Misleading headline. He’s not banning smoking from apt buildings, he’s just asking that it be stated if apt buildings allow smoking. It’s a real benefit for those of us who are asthmatic in any way or those with particular sensitivity to cigarette smoke, which easily gets in through vents and open windows when neighbors smoke.

  2. Brett Chamberlin says

    The headline does not state that the bill bans smoking in apartments, as the article makes clear. However, the bill is clearly intended to lead to more building owners banning smoking. This debate speaks to the balance between the health of non-smokers and the rights of smoker.

  3. Lauren Prince says

    I’m sorry, your “rights” as a smoker don’t include exacerbating my asthma. Smokers can live in buildings where smoking is permitted and smoke in the areas designed. It would be a welcome relief to be able to live in an apartment building where cigarette smoke doesn’t seep in through the hallway, windows, and vents. Gag.

  4. Brett Chamberlin says

    Not to get in to a flame war, but I want to be clear that I am not taking a stand on this legislation. Lauren, I am sympathetic to the valid health concerns that you raise; however, New Yorkers also deserve to be able to enjoy certain habits in their own apartments. This complicated political issue is one example of the ever-shifting balance between liberty (to smoke) and security (protection from secondhand smoke), which is clearly far from settled in New York City.