Monday, September 14, 2009

What Is Happening to My Beloved City?

Little Napoleon strikes again:

No puffing in the parks? No lighting up on the lawn? No butts on the beach?

Mayor Bloomberg is taking his cigarette crackdown to the great outdoors with a new plan to ban smoking on all city parkland.

"We don't think that ... parents when they're standing by a soccer game, should have to be breathing in smoke from the person next to them," Health Commissioner Tom Farley said Monday as he introduced a sweeping new plan to make New Yorkers healthier.

"Smoke causes cancer. We don't think our children should have to be watching someone smoke," Farley said.

"We don't think it's too far to say that people shouldn't be smoking in parks and to try to protect our children from getting addicted to tobacco."

Bloomberg banned smoking in city bars and restaurants in 2002, an initially unpopular move that was later copied around the world.

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