Light Up Somewhere Else!

Today, City Council passed a law banning smoking throughout the city. In a bill sponsored by Councilman Michael Nutter, the smoking ban affects most public restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in Philadelphia. The only exemption is small neighborhood taverns and cafés, whose money comes in most with alcohol sales. Councilman Brian O’Neil presented his opinion before the vote, opposing the bill because it didn’t ban smoking for everyone. He equated the bill with “prohibiting smoking in first class.” The ban passed by a vote of 9-6. According to KYW 1060, the mayor, who had previously indicated he had problems with the proposed legislation, did not immediately indicate whther he would sign the new bill into law. Today is the last session before City Council goes on summer break and will not return until the fall.

Edit: Reading more on the ban, another exemption for the ban is tobacco shops, and all the exemptions would be permanent. If Mayor Street approves the bill, it’ll go into effect January 2007. Councilman Jim Kenney said, “I’ve had people actually out in bars and restaurants who are smokers, who said to me, ‘I wish you’d pass it so I’d smoke less or I’d quit.'”

3 Comments so far

  1. Ivy (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 7:20 am

    I have an idea: Why don’t all these ‘soulsaving’ hypocrits from various city councils, government agencies and the congres ban cigarette manufacturing all together. Making and selling tobbaco could be made illegal, no problem.

    If it’s deadly to smoke, why is it legal? Drugs are illegal, why not tobbaco AND alcohol as well? Because those stinkin hypocrites love the money coming in from taxes.

  2. Cory (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    Money, money, money. The tobacco industry provides an IMMENSE amount of jobs. The pickers, the rollers… companies like Phillip Morris have immense clout and that would just never happen. Making tobacco illegal would get rid of thousands of jobs, as well as the fact that the tobacco lobbyists have very deep pockets.

  3. jen (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    feh. watered down exemption crap. anbd january 2007? nj passed a far more comprehensive smoking ban and it went effective within a few months. this is pathetic.

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