Mayor Bloomberg’s outdoor smoking ban

by Walter Olson on February 9, 2011

When you go too far even for the editorialists at the Times, you know you’ve really gone overboard.

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1 harleyrider1978 02.10.11 at 6:39 am

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9A0CEFDF1738E13ABC4B53DFBE668382609EDE

“WASHINGTON, Aug. 2.–The total abolition of the use of all tobacco within five years is planned by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, according to assertions made today by the Association Opposed to National Prohibitions. The W.C.T.U. will celebrate its semi-centennial March 20, 1924.”

Full Original Article – PDF
Dateline August 3rd, 1919

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9A0CEFDF1738E13ABC4B53DFBE668382609EDE

They planned to go after Hotel and Restaurant owners who allowed smoking, they were doing it “for the children”, they sponsored essay contests in schools about “evil tobacco”, they were funded by the Rockefellers and they didn’t needed Corrupted Science or Corrupted Scientists to make their points for them. And all of this was way back in 1919 … from the temperance movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This is deja vu all over again. It is, and always has been, a religious movement … but now their front men wear white lab coats …

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am19

Here is the Constitution. the 18th Amendment did away with alcohol, the 19th gave women the right to vote, the 20th was supposed to ban tobacco but instead it overturned the 18th Amendment. A world wide depression and a World War put prohibition and the prohibitionists out of business … for a while … after WWII they hired lab coat wearing lackies and adopted a strategy of banning tobacco by inventing medical reasons … and they stopped using the “old time religion” tactics of the past.

Smoking bans might be about the smell but they are not about health … they are about religious beliefs.

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