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Bloomberg Record on Tackling Tobacco Stronger Than Against Soda

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Sugary beverages may still be available in all sizes, thanks to a New York State judge’s rejection of the Mayor Bloomberg’s big beverage ban, but the mayor is continuing his campaign to change how retailers sell products he and other officials believe are harming New Yorkers.

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Bloomberg Wants Stores to Hide Cigarettes

Monday, March 18, 2013

A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

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WNYC News

New Laws Target Domestic Violence, Electronic Cigarettes, and Beer

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A raft of new laws take effect January 1 in New York State, addressing a range of issues from business contracts to the health care system.

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Operavore

Smoking at the Opera

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smoking used to be commonplace among opera singers, as it was the general public. These days, there remain a few hold-outs, despite its obvious dangers. Fred Plotkin considers the practice.

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WNYC News

Smoking Decline Stalls Despite City Efforts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

After almost a decade where an increasing number of city residents tossed away their cigarettes, smoking went up slightly last year, according to new Health Department figures.

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WNYC News

Proposed Rules for Buildings Reignites Smoking Debate

Sunday, April 22, 2012

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that he wants all residential buildings in New York City to disclose their smoking policies, he reignited a debate about smokers’ rights.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Wants Smoking Rules Set for Buildings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he is proposing legislation to require all apartment building owners to disclose smoking policies in public and private areas to prospective residents.

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WNYC News

City Smoking Rate Drops to 14 Percent

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the number of smokers in the city has dropped to an "all-time low" of 14 percent — crediting recent policies such as the Smoke Free Air Act and the Health Department's education campaigns.

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The Takeaway

World No Tobacco Day: Your Responses

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's World No Tobacco Day, and we've been talking about new questions on smoking, like whether or not vilifying smokers is as effective as finding healthier ways to give people their nicotine fix. We've also been hearing a lot from you on your own battles with smoking addiction: how you quit, or why you didn't. We're still getting responses, and in honor of the day, we wanted to post some more of your thoughts, along with a look at anti-smoking campaigns and commercials over the years. Take a look. 

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The Takeaway

'It's Not the Addiction that Kills People, It's the Smoke'

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Each May 31st, the World Health Organization declares another “World No Tobacco Day” meant to encourage a full day of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption. But this year, some public health officials are wondering if it’s time to change our approach to healthy living. While no one doubts the addictive properties of tobacco, and the negative consequences for all of our health — is it time to stop demonizing an addiction that affects 20 percent of Americans, and think of ways for smokers to give up cigarettes but still have access to nicotine?

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WNYC News

A City Park Where Lighting Up Is Still Lawful

Monday, May 23, 2011

The city’s public park smoking ban went into effect Monday, but there's one park in the city where the smell of smoke is still celebrated.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Mix: Cairo, Cuts, and Coughs

Friday, February 04, 2011

There's no doubt we could devote the entirety of this week's Mix to developments in Egypt. This was an historic week, and on WNYC several guests and callers - and President Obama - echoed the importance of the moment. But...let's not get completely carried away. So we've also included some of the big news closer to home, too. Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation was a stark reminder of New York's State's fiscal crisis, and Mayor Bloomberg came out guns blazing in advance of the speech, claiming that the state's education funding formulas could lead to massive teacher layoffs. But Bloomberg also took on public employee unions this week too, painting an either/or scenario when it comes to retaining workers versus meeting pension obligations. And, finally, New York continued to add public health regulations to the books, voting to ban smoking in public parks, plazas, and other outdoor areas.

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It's A Free Country ®

Smoking Ban Makes Strange Bedfellows

Friday, February 04, 2011

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We feel really strongly that all New Yorkers have a right to breathe clean air. The US Surgeon General said there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke, and that is where we come from on this bill.

— Sheelah Feinberg from the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Smoking

Friday, February 04, 2011

City Council members Daniel J. Halloran (D-19), representing Northeast Queens, and Robert Jackson (D-7), representing West Harlem, parts of Washington Heights, Inwood, Central Harlem, and Morningside Heights, explain their votes against the council's ban on smoking in parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas.

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Features

A Dromedary Lands in Brooklyn: New Cigarette Campaign To Feature Williamsburg's Bedford Ave.

Friday, November 12, 2010

In an attempt at hipness, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has aligned its Camel brand cigarettes with the burgeoning artist community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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The Takeaway

Cigarette Packs, Ads, to Come with More Graphic Warnings

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Smokers going to buy a pack of cigarettes will soon be greeted with a warning label containing graphic images of dead bodies, blackened organs and women crying. As of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration will require cigarette packs and ads to show more detailed images of the consequences of smoking, and 36 images (pdf) (some of them fairly graphic) have been approved. But how effective will this approach be in preventing smokers from lighting up? 

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WNYC News

New York City Considers Public Smoking Ban

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Health advocates and smokers' rights activists spoke out about a bill to ban smoking in outdoor locations like public parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas in New York City.

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WNYC News

Smoking in Public Parks

Thursday, October 14, 2010

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is introducing his bill at a hearing Thursday to designate smoking sections in city parks. Mayor Bloomberg has prosposed legislation that would ban smoking from parks entirely, citing the health risks from second-hand smoke. How do you feel about smoking in city parks? Should it be limited, banned altogether, or anywhere a smoker wants it?

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WNYC News

Cigarette Tax Revenues Up In Smoke?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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The city says it has new evidence of illegal cigarette sales on a Native American reservation on Long Island. Undercover agents secretly videotaped the sale of untaxed cigarettes on the Poospatuck reservation.

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Features

Study: Smoking Scenes on the Decline in Top Movies

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A new study shows that there's less smoking depicted in movies in recent years.

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