NYC to Ban Smoking in City Parks

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”    C. S. Lewis

New York City’s famous parks may be going smoke-free.

The city’s health commissioner says the next goal in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-tobacco crusade is to ban smoking at city parks and beaches.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says New Yorkers shouldn’t have to breathe second-hand smoke, even outside. He says children shouldn’t even have to see people smoking.

I beg to differ. Why shouldn’t children see people smoking? They need to know who, with extortionist tobacco taxes, is paying for their SCHIP health care. The little tykes should be damned grateful. They ought to walk right up to that smoker and thank them personally for paying their health care bills.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley is worried about New Yorkers breathing second-hand smoke. Give me a break! On a typical day, more than 760,000 cars, trucks and busses are driving around the city spewing forth carbon monoxide and gas fumes. There are over 5.8 million cars and other vehicles registered in the New York City vicinity. According to Ronald H. White, a senior program manager at the American Lung Association in Washington, D.C., only Los Angeles, California has more dangerous atmospheric pollutants than New York City.

While Bloomberg and Farley are at it, why not ban fat people from the parks also. If “children shouldn’t even have to see people smoking,” they shouldn’t have to see fat people either. Neither one is a model to emulate but statistically, more people die from obesity than from smoking.

The ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and now maybe city parks has nothing at all to do with health concerns and everything to do with CONTROL and the further diminishing of personal freedoms.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

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