Thursday, September 16, 2010

Smoke-Free America?

"Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban smoking in parks, beaches and even the heart of Times Square - and New Yorkers who puff are in a huff.

Bloomberg says secondhand smoke is choking the city, contributing to high asthma and cancer rates and poisoning the fresh air. "We're doing something about it," he said.

If his proposal is approved by the City Council, smokers - already banned from restaurants and bars - won't be able to light up in 1,700 parks and 14 miles of public beaches. Boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas would be off-limits, too, though sidewalks would remain safe havens for tobacco users. (SOURCE)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is worth $18 BILLION dollars. He is the 8th richest man in the United States. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School. This means the man has got to have some serious business savvy. Right?

I know it's cool to be Green right now and everyone loves to dump on smokers and SUV drivers (God forbid you do both!), but isn't the economy in shambles? Aren't we at a 9.6% unemployment rate?

Let's imagine Bloomberg's outdoor(?!) smoking ban takes hold and just say all big cities follow suit. What would America look like with no tobacco industry? What' the reality of that 'healthy' change? Where would Bloomberg suggest Americans make up the 662,402 direct jobs and $22,667,684,874 in taxes generated by the tobacco industry? I'm not a smoker anymore (2 years and 5 months nicotine free!), so I don't have a horse in this race. I just think that the bigger picture of this smoke-free America movement hasn't been fully vetted...

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