Analysis og Smoke-Free Laws and Policies

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Introduction: On December 21, 1994, the New York City Council voted on a weakened Smoke Free Air Act (Restaurants seating under 35, and the bar areas of restaurants were given exceptions). Despite unprecedentedly massive petition and fax campaign by the National Smokers Association, the measure passed 36-8. The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law by Mayor Giuliani on January 10, 1995, and took effect on April 10, 1995. Since then the moot issue has received attention by most of the people who have different perspectives on the issue. Smoking is a moral issue for many people. What gets neglected is the fact that an establishment's right to decide for itself on its smoking policy is also a moral issue. The business owner is harmed when the government interferes with his business. It is astonishing and just plain arrogant for people to think that they have a right to eat at a restaurant or drink and socialize at a bar. I can’t seem to find any reference to these rights in the Constitution. Few people now dispute that smoking is damaging human health on a global scale. However, many governments have avoided taking action to control smoking - such as higher taxes, comprehensive bans on advertising and promotion, or restrictions on smoking in public places-because of concerns that their interventions might have harmful economic consequences. For example, some policymakers fear that reduced sales of cigarettes would mean the permanent loss of thousands of jobs; that higher tobacco taxes would result in lower government revenues; and that higher prices would encourage massive levels of cigarette smuggling. Discussion: Citizens in this great land were once able to enjoy a cigar or a cigarette at restaurants and bars. Over the years, h... ... middle of paper ... ...ibed above belong in jail or an asylum — but we shouldn't deny the plain fact that it would be beneficial if they stopped doing what they're doing, regardless of who deserves what portion of the final blame for all those smoking-related health problems. References Shawn Morrison, Your Rights Are Gone December 17, 2002 11:25 PM Retrieved as on 06-05-2003 http://www.morrisonfilm.com/archive/000281.php Ninos P. Malek, (August 3, 2000) Smoking and Property Rights Retrieved as on 06-05-2003 http://www.mises.org/fullarticle.asp? record=481&month=23 Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control. (1999) THE WORLD BANK, WASHINGTON D.C. http://www.globalink.org/tobacco/wb/ Charles S. Cassem, March, 02,2003 No threat to businesses, Lexington Retrieved as on 06-05-2003 http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/editorial/letters/5292197.htm

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