The Mayor of New York has declared war on smokers, banning smoking in one’s own residence. This isn’t just an idol threat either. DeBlasio is backing it with lobbyists and legislation in a recently released plan. A Health Department spokesman said to the New York Post,
Everyone benefits from smoke-free housing. Residents enjoy breathing cleaner, healthier air in their homes . . . while owners see reductions in property damage and turnover costs.
Dozens of buildings containing hundreds of apartments have already kicked the habit, the Health Department and advocates claim.
De Blasio intends to go further.
He said in his recently released long-term sustainability blueprint — “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City” — that the city “will work to pass legislation requiring multi-unit housing to have a smoking policy and to disclose it to residents and prospective residents.”
Well you can’t argue De Blasio has anything but good intentions when 42,000 people are killed annually by second-hand smoke as reported by the CDC. That number is greater than the total number of deaths annually from all drugs other than Alcohol and Cigarettes.
This is an ill-advised approach to solving a problem that plagues society, but who is to blame? Should we blame De Blasio for tearing the liberty of smoker’s from their residences, or is there a more accountable culprit? Well, De Blasio is a proponent of the people in what is a true statement, while corrupt conservative politicians and others pocket Big Tobacco cash to lobby against FDA smoking bans and regulations.
The Culprits are politicians like conservative republican NC Senator Richard Burr, who pockets more tobacco cash than nearly any other politician. Alcohol and cigarettes are among the leading cause for lung cancer, emphysema, domestic violence, vehicular man slaughter, and drug related death. The top three causes of drug related death are cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription medication. They are sold legally at nearly every gas station, pharmacy, and grocery store in America! Marijuana however, is illegal despite 0 drug related overdoses from smoking it annually, and we can thank corrupt conservatives for this! This ban should be on the FDA allowing the sale of cigarettes, not one’s ability to smoke in their own home. This is what happens in a world where the leading three causes of drug related death are the only legal drugs.
This is a video of Burr proposing American’s right to “choose” to inhale carcinogenic smoke and vapors, because as we know children and babies “choose” to be plagued by second-hand smoke.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czymcZEHfjQ&w=1366&h=768]
I started smoking cigarettes when I was eight years old. My grandmother died of lung cancer when I was 12 years old, and despite that, I’ve smoked cigarettes for 17 years. My smoker’s cough is getting worse, I’m only in my twenties, I have a hard time completing any amount of physical labor without losing my breath, my sinuses are always clogged, I’ve lost most of my sense of smell and taste, and I’m fairly certain if I don’t quit soon it will be the death of me. But, the gas station keeps selling them to me, and I’m fairly certain they would be morally corrupt in big tobacco companies if they marketed them to children and paid off government officials to keep them legal.
Cigarettes are in fact more deadly than heroin, cocaine, and alcohol combined, killing 480,000 people a year. Once you start smoking there’s a good chance you would do so knowing it would kill you. Maybe I was dumb and wrong to accept a cigarette when I was a child, but maybe the adult who gave one to me was more wrong!
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