New York City Continues To Turn Into The Nanny Stateby Doug Mataconis
Continuing a trend that began, quite frankly, during the term of Rudy Giuliani, New York City has been at the forefront of measures that share the common assumption of believing that the government knows better how to live your life than you do.
Smokers have already been banned from New York bars and restaurants, and soon they could be prohibited from lighting up in cars carrying minors, an idea giving added fuel to critics who say the city has become a nanny state.
“I am just seeking every opportunity I can to denormalize smoking and to try to put it out of the reach of kids,” Mr. Gennaro said. “I’ve lost family members to lung cancer and I’ve seen what happens.”
If enacted, smoking in cars with riders under the age of 18 would join a growing list of activities barred by the city, including making too much noise at night, serving trans fats in restaurants, and allowing students to carry cell phones in school.
If this passes, how far away will be the day when they ban smoking inside your own house ?