Thanks to my buddy Jason for bringing this to my attention.
This is exactly what my fear was when the Outdoor Smoking bans were passed by the city councils of Raleigh and New York City – namely more cities would want to join in. Now two city councilmen in Boston want to make a name for themselves as they are sponsoring similar legislation in their city.
“We want these public places to be smoke-free so that everyone can enjoy our parks, can enjoy our beaches, can enjoy our public spaces without injury to their health,” said Felix Arroyo, a first-term councilor at large.
Obviously Arroyo is drinking the kool-aid when it comes to second-hand smoke. The evidence is there that the numbers were fabricated.
It is very important that everyone pay close attention to their local politics over the next few weeks and months. The pressure needs to be non-stop against the Pleasure Police. And politicians must be accountable come November time-frame when elections are held.
Click here to read an article on this.
Click here to read a Boston Globe article against this bill. While I don’t agree with the stuff on second-hand smoke, they point out the differences – namely that with outdoor smoking; it is possible to avoid it.