According to a story in yesterday’s New York Post, New York City is considering expanding its “smoking ban” to include city parks and beaches. Reporter Sally Goldenberg quotes NYC Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley as saying: “We don’t think children, parents when they’re standing at soccer games should have to be breathing in smoke from the person next to them. We don’t think our children should have to be watching someone smoke.”
During his two terms in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken it upon himself to be the official Nanny of the people of New York. He has pushed and signed into law extensive smoking bans, as well as bans on “trans-fats” in the use of cooking food. These bans have mostly affected private industry and private choices of supposedly free citizens. However, for an elitist busy-body like Michael Bloomberg, this isn’t nearly enough! He’s now pushing to further control the behavior of adult New Yorkers.
This ridiculous smoking ban is part of the city’s “Take Care New York 2012” initiative which also includes advocating for lower sodium consumption, (Salt – for all you Obama voters.) encouraging public health insurance carriers to push more preventive care, and reminding people to exercise more. Can anyone say Nanny State?
Even though Bloomberg became filthy rich by working on Wall Street, I would bet that his parents wanted him to become a Medical Doctor; thus his compulsion to constantly involve himself in health issues. Bloomberg’s fixation with smoking and the junk science regarding “second hand smoke” would be laughable if it weren’t so freakin illogical and hypocritical!
For several years now, the rescue workers who immediately started digging through the smoldering ruins of the Twin Towers after the murderous terrorist attacks of 911 have been complaining of breathing and lung problems. These rescuers were not only firefighters, but also common citizens who happened to have some construction experience and volunteered to help dig for potential survivors and human remains. During the initial stage of the rescue/recovery operation, these workers did all of the digging by hand. They used buckets to scoop the debris and pass it down a long line of fellow volunteers. Many, if not most of these volunteers didn’t have any filtration masks but kept working because they knew that time was of the essence if they were going to find survivors under the tons of twisted metal and concrete.
In a study done by New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center released in 2006, 70 percent of 911 recovery workers have suffered lung problems and high rates of lung abnormalities. Dr. Robin Herbert, co-director of the group that performed the study said “There should no longer be any doubt about the health effects of the World Trade Center. Our patients are sick.”
The highlights of the Mount Sinai study were:
- Almost 70 percent of World Trade Center responders had new or worsened lung symptoms after the attacks.
- Among responders who had no health symptoms before the attacks, 61 percent developed lung symptoms while working on the toxic pile.
- One-third of those tested had abnormal lung function tests.
The study was based on findings from medical tests performed on 9,500 911 recovery workers over a period of two years. These illnesses caused roughly 8000 city workers and civilian volunteers to file a class action lawsuit against New York City and others.
What does this have to do with Mayor Bloomberg – you ask?
After the Mount Sinai study came out, Mayor Doctor Bloomberg insisted that there was still no direct proof that exposure at ground zero caused the illnesses. He went on to say: “I haven’t seen the Mount Sinai study, but I don’t believe that you can say specifically a particular problem came from this particular event.”
This hypocritical egomaniac has the gall to suggest that second hand smoke in an open public area is a threat to people’s health, while questioning the findings of doctors from one of the most renowned medical institutions in the country. He chooses to believe the politicized junk science regarding second hand smoke, while questioning legitimate first-hand science conducted by medical professionals! Bloomberg also chooses to dishonor and disrespect the thousands of workers who often risked their own lives to bring some closure to the lives of the 911 victims families. Using his twisted logic, New York City parents shouldn’t allow their children out of their homes with all of the emissions from the millions of cars and trucks that constantly traverse the city streets. He’s worried about cigarette smoke in a park or on a beach? Give me a freakin break already!
Anyone who lives in New York and has an ounce of brain matter and honesty has come to know that Michael Bloomberg is as arrogant as a politician can get. This obsession with micromanaging people’s lives and his projection of moral and intellectual superiority over the rest of us reeks of statism and elitist snobbery.
I want to close by making a simple suggestion to our esteemed Mayor. Stop worrying so much about our health and how we conduct our lives, and just mind your own damn business!