Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
NYC mayor Bloomberg has once again defended his title,nanny Bloomberg. Having lost the war on soda he turned his attention to cigarettes. As if the surgeons general warning was not a clear enough deterrent.The nanny of NYC has now decided that he believes out of sight truly is out of mind. He is now proposing a bill that would force retailers to keep the cigarettes out of sight. His reasoning is as the NY Times said is that , " such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity and they invite young people to experiment with tobacco". Not only that but he wants to punish the small business owners that make the city what it is. A second bill nanny Bloomberg has proposed would raise penalties for retailers that evade tobacco taxes by selling smuggled cigarettes and prohibit them from redeeming coupons. It would also force the retailers to sell cigars and cigarrillos in packs of four minimum. Now we all mayor Bloomberg is not one for subtlety, so he had to add on more provision just to make sure we all know how bad cigarettes and little cigars are for us. That provision was to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to 10.50. The first problem with nanny Bloomberg's proposed bills is that smokers are addicted addicts are not going to stop smoking. The second problem is that cigarettes are a destination item, a person goes out to buy a cigarette; they don't go out to buy a paper and suddenly decide to buy a pack of cigarettes. These bills com in the wake of his attempted sugar tax his successful banning of cigarettes in just about every public place including bars parks and beaches. Well nanny Bloomberg it's your last few months of your third term and you have managed to tarnish what was, going to be seen by most people as , a successful run as mayor.