Is He Bored? Bloomberg Set To Propose New Smoking Legislation

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bloombergApartment buildings in New York may be required to come up with a clear set of guidelines showing where smoking is permitted.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to propose the legislation on today that could increase the number of smoke-free apartment buildings in the city.

City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley told the Wall Street Journal “people ought to know whether they might be exposed to second-hand smoke in their apartment before they decide to rent or buy.”

But some renters say this would go too far.

“You should be able to do whatever you want in your own apartment,” said one woman.

The penalty for violating the proposed law would $100 per violation.

The American Cancer Society of New York & New Jersey has come out in favor of the proposal.

“The American Cancer Society receives many inquiries from residents concerned about secondhand smoke exposure in apartments. Often, nonsmoking tenants are unaware that their neighbor is smoking until that smoke seeps through the walls and snakes through the ventilation system. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure,” said Blair Horner of the American Cancer Society of N.Y. & N.J.

“This bill is about giving tenants the information they need to choose the best housing situation for themselves and their families,” Horner added.

A recent survey commissioned by the city found that New Yorkers overall favor the proposal by 64 to 30 percent.

Earlier this month, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters, smoke-free zones.

{CBS Local/ Newscenter}


  1. even though i’m not a big chussid of kaiser mike, in this case i agree. as frummer yidden, we should totally ban smoking as there is no heter whatsoever to smoke. chamira sekante m’issura!!!

  2. must be very busy that he has time for this nonsense! A world gone crazy, meshugah, bonkers, insane, weird and just plain nuts!

  3. I have a problem with a neighbor’s smoke coming into my apartment through vents that our apts. share- i would love for it to be a smoke free building

  4. #4 i have an issue with my neighbors noise. can we pass some laws about that?
    #1 since when does that apply to umos? let them enjoy their cigarettes


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