Today was the first round of hearings on the New York City Outdoor Smoking Ban.
The word I’ve heard is that this was a pretty heated meeting that took place today with the City Council. At today’s meetings the word “Compromise” is being bantered at the hearings. Peter Vallone (who make no bones about it – a full fledged member of the Pleasure Police) is floating a “compromise” . This compromise would create “smoking areas” in parks greater than 2 acres. These smoking areas would allow smoking in only 20 percent of the open space. The proposal would also allow smoking in pedestrian plazas.
Cigar Coop is COMPLETELY OPPOSED to this plan and I urge you continue the fight for our rights. Keep in mind about 10 years ago, we let the Pleasure Police do this to Indoor areas. When they did this, they weren’t satisfied and they went for basically a full Indoor Smoking ban. Will the same thing happen to Outdoors once this passes?
I also think that if we can win this battle, it will be a major victory for tobacco. This is a legal product and this threatens our legal rights. Finally my other question is what about those smaller areas than 2 acres?
Click here to read the article. Please contact the NY City Council people and keep the fight up against Mayor Gloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
UPDATE: The following was from Glynn Loope from the CRA. I agree with what he says THE GREAT NEWS IS THE PETITION MADE AN IMPACT: