Mayor Bloomberg is continuing his crusade to ruin the lives of smokers, as he is now looking to ban New Yorkers from smoking in their own homes.
According to new secret documents, community groups will be sent out to convince landlords to ban New Yorkers from smoking in their own homes by turning private buildings into smoke-free zones, according to the New York Post.
The community groups would “work with property managers, tenants, and others on adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies,” the document says.
In return for their work, each community group will collect a $10,000 bounty — paid for out of a Centers for Disease Control grant.
This is Bloomberg’s latest attempt to completely ban New Yorkers from smoking, as he initially banned smoking inside restaurants and bars shortly after he was elected, and more recently banning smoking in parks and on benches.
These new details on a future ban in homes goes against Bloomberg’s promise last year that the ban would not be extended to apartment buildings.
“The city is not banning smoking in private residences; as part of this federal grant, organizations can apply to fund projects that, among other things, educate the community on voluntary smoke-free housing policies,” said Bloomsberg spokesperson Samantha Levine.
Landlord owners of condominiums would need a 66 per cent majority vote among their tenants in favor of a ban in order to implement it.
Most restaurants in the city outlawed smoking in 1995, followed by bars and bar areas of restaurants in 2002.
The document reveals that although the number of smokers in the city has dropped, 850,000 adults and about 18,000 high school students still smoke.
It seems as though the only place for New Yorkers to smoke will be New Jersey if Bloomberg has his way.
Stephen Willard | Elite.