Sigh. Nanny Bloomberg strikes again! He has truly become a self-parody.

Reporter Lauren Sivan offered up some delicious snark in response:

Ha!

Truth.

Others would prefer the crack-smoking mayor over Mr. Nanny.

Ouch!

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  • Steven A

    So, by freezing 16-20 year olds out of convenience store jobs, they’re going to reduce tobacco use?
    That doesn’t even make sense!

    • Texan357

      I share your reading comprehension skills:

      Today, I signed a bill raising the legal age to sell tobacco products to 21

      Emphasis added. What an idiot.

    • Catchance

      Heh. I didn’t even catch that. You’re right… he says “…the legal age to sell tobacco products…”

    • grais

      Really. If a smoker can’t buy butts from someone under 21, surely he’ll quit smoking.

      Ya just gotta laugh.

  • BoscoBolt

    LOL. But, as ridiculous and destructive as Bloomberg is, Bill de Blasio is going to be 1 MILLION times worse.

    • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Only a million?

      • MarcusFenix

        Likely in the ballpark of eleventy million-kajillion. but who’s counting?

    • Jennifer

      Just read that he wants to ban horse carriage rides. And he actually ran on that!

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        It’s a “Public Health” issue.. Lord knows how many times I’ve stepped in Horse Poo while walking through Central Park.. Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Karin_A

      You got that right. I live in the state but nowhere near the city, and have no plans of getting anywhere near it. It will be interesting to watch, and observe the reactions of NYCers who may not have thought their votes all the way through. A Communist. Unbelievable.

  • LegalizeShemp

    People actually celebrating their freedoms being taken away, Orwell was a true genius.

  • TundraThunder

    Raising the legal age of buying tobacco products to 21 is akin to his strict gun control policies to stop gun crimes.

    The under 21 people will never get tobacco again. /sarc

    • IN_RadioGuy

      Because it works so well to curtail teen alcohol use…

  • LegalizeShemp

    And in TX, they’re pulling drivers over and asking for cheek swabs, blood and urine samples. Forget about freedoms, it’s safety that counts Soma addicts.

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      I saw that … I’ll show them my CCL, .45, and middle finger, “keep the swab.”

    • liberalssuck

      I hope the majority told them to stick it or get a warrant. I could not believe it when I heard they did that. In Texas too.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    You can vote, you just can’t smoke or sell tobacco.

  • Jimni27

    Probably an unpopular opinion, but having recently quit my 20 + smoking habit because I see the effects of it every day with my patients at work, I just can’t muster up the anger about this particular freedom being taken away. I’m curious if there are any other smokers/ former smokers who feel the same? If you could see the relatively young people I see daily with COPD, the older ones who quit smoking decades earlier only to have the damage done already and even some who have a tracheostomy, you might change your mind.

    • Jennifer

      I was about to write something very similar. I quit smoking 7 months ago (smoked about 30 years) after my 52 year old step-sister was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She is fighting the fight, but the cancer is in her liver and spine. Smoking is a hideous addiction.

      • Jimni27

        It sure is- my older sister just diagnosed with COPD, and lung cancer took my dad at 46. I just think this is one instance where the nanny state isn’t a bad thing.

    • Chris

      While I commend you on your ability to quit, and that is a GREAT thing for you and those around you, it is getting to a ridiculous point of what the government is trying to control. First, if a kid wants to smoke, they are going to find a way to get it. Like your 21 year old cousin, same with alcohol. I know a kid around here who is 15 and dips non stop. But heres the thing: Its almost family legacy to do it. Mom and Dad buy it for him, he can get it anytime he wants it. I am not saying it is right, I am just saying that the government needs to get the heck out of the way and let people live their lives.

      • Jimni27

        Oh I was a kid once, I know those who are going to do it, will. But say a college kid who smokes might just realize it’s not worth the hassle to find someone else to get them for him, coupled with the now astronomical price for a pack, I just don’t think it’s all that bad of a thing. I do, however understand the part about government interference and I do understand this teeters on the ” We know what’s good for you” meme, but smoking is a horrible addiction, and anything to help people quit is a good thing. Now that smoking is banned in most areas- don’t people feel good about not coming home from work or a bar or restaurant smelling like smoke? Even when I was smoking, I actually liked the part where people had to step outside to have one. Seeing my patients wait in their car to have one last smoke before their appointment and then come in with an oxygen tank cranked up to 4 or 5 lpm o2 is just sobering.

        • Catchance

          Your patients who wait in their cars to have that one last smoke before coming in with their oxygen tanks are not under 21, so they’ll be able to buy cigarettes anyway. The taxes that are piled on making a pack of cigarettes so expensive haven’t stopped teens from getting them, because they haven’t got a clue about costs vs income. Raising the age limit in New York simply means that they’ll go buy in New Jersey.

          • Jimni27

            I’m sure some will. And some won’t. Like I said I understand both sides, just having a hard time being mad about this one particular freedom being taken away :)

          • spaceycakes

            smoking bans were the top of the slippery slope. Now we’re at the bottom. Because of the attitude you display.

          • Mary

            I wonder how they’d feel if cell phones were banned in public places?

          • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

            Hell, in 1999 al-Qaeda used the cost difference in tobacco between Virginia and New York to purchase tobacco in nigh-bulk quantities in Virginia where the taxes and COLA cost additives are low or non-existent, and then sell them in New York on the black market. That’s correct, New York’s tobacco taxes helped pay for 9/11. Hezbollah was running a similar operation in 2002.

        • Chris

          I believe Catchance is correct. They will cross the nearest state line. Again, I agree that all need to stop and give it up. But you, being one who has been there, knows exactly how hard that is. Also, some people like it so much, they will finish the pack while a loved one lays there dying from effects from the same thing. Have seen that one in person….

        • SpaceRacer423

          Who the hell decided that the govt gets to play mommy and daddy?
          I KNOW the affects of alcohol and tobacco.
          If I then CHOOSE to use them, then that’s my right.
          .
          It pisses me off whenever the govt decides it wants to decided my life choices for me.
          .
          Worse is when govt tells restaurant owners that they aren’t allowed to smoke or have a smoking section on their own f-ing property!
          The gaul it takes to tell someone who: bought the building, started a business, brought in jobs, and pays high tax revenue what the cant and cant do on their own property is disgusting and frightening.

          • mdtljt

            You’ve hit upon the crux of the matter – freedom of choice regarding how you live your life…and before anyone comes at me in re abortion, that directly affects the life of an unborn child. I freely admit I’m on the fence about that but to equate the two is folly at best. The smokers I know are unfailingly considerate of non-smokers and go out of their way NOT to be around those who don’t smoke…and aren’t put out in the least to accommodate them. That being said, I would NEVER humiliate those smokers who are considerate of others…nor would I push unnecessary taxes or restrictions upon them either. Freedom carries with it responsibility. If you’re not willing to exercise the latter, why should you have the former…

          • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

            There are OUTDOOR PLACES (Including Parks) where you can’t Smoke in New York…And the nearest Forest Fires I know of were (at least) 35-40 miles from the City (on Long Island, where I lived as a kid); so if anyone tries to push the ‘fire Hazard” excuse on you, tell them to stick a 2-1/2 inch Fire hose up their butt and turn on the water… Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Jeff McCabe

      So you waited until legal age to start? It’s 18 here and there are a ton of middle school and high school kids smoking. How can that possibly be?

      • Jimni27

        Nope. back when I was a kid they didn’t card. Those who want them will get them- the law won’t do much to change it just like with anything else like drinking but like I said I just don’t care too much about this one because even if it saves a couple of lives it’s worth it. Honestly though I think the cost of them will end up doing more to make people quit than anything.

    • Mary

      Just curious, but what “particular freedom” would you be upset about, if “taken away”? What about all the cigar joints (owned by some very famous folks) in NY City? Why are they exempt from Bloomberg’s smoking laws? He’s also banned property owners from allowing their tenants to smoke in their residences..property that he does not own! It’s pretty scary when a Mayor has been given that much power.

      • Jimni27

        No I’m with you on that. That’s ridiculous.

    • lazypadawan

      I’m a lifelong non-smoker and I HATE cigarettes. I don’t miss the hazy days of having cigarette smoke blown around a plane’s cabin or having to wash my clothes and hair after going out to eat. That said, this is a preposterous law. Just because you work at the Kwiki Mart doesn’t mean you’re smoking the inventory. I don’t get the logic in that at all.
      Meanwhile, Emperor Bloomberg has no problem with weed. So marijuana use, which isn’t quite as harmless as believed and can often lead to harder drug use, is fine but tobacco, which at least doesn’t make you incapable of driving a car, isn’t? There’s no logic in that either.

      • Mary

        I am a considerate smoker. I have no problem not smoking on planes; restaurants and never in anyone’s home (even when they say I can); I don’t throw my butts on the ground and do everything I can, not to infringe on others. However, went to an outdoor concert in NY where signs posted everywhere “no smoking except in designated area”. Yet everyone around me was smoking pot, which is illegal, but I couldn’t smoke a cigarette, which is legal? So what’s wrong with this picture? Every booth there was an alcohol related booth..and minors everywhere drinking (illegally)..but heaven forbid, I smoke a cigarette.

  • Jack Deth

    Moronic liberal doesn’t understand Dynamic Analysis.

    Static Analysis is when you think everyone is going to obey a piece of stupid legislation that restricts the purchasing of tobacco. You do not understand why the black market(s) in cigarettes are the third most burgeoning industry in NYC. And why raising taxes on and/or restricting certain legal products only increases those black markets. Hence, Dynamic Analysis.

    People will always find a way!

    • bicentennialguy

      They really don’t care if anyone dies from smoking. It’s about power and control. Inflicting their personal preferences on everyone else.

      • Jack Deth

        Oh, no doubt.

        But it’s a stupid and useless exercise in exerting power. Custom tailored for that special brand of egomanical liberal

    • Karin_A

      Oh yes they will. It’s a no-brainer cost/benefit to pay for some gas for a road trip to an Indian reservation. The original tobacco traders. Cheap and How. Pun intended.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        But then, you have all the TOLLS to get back into the City! (depending on which route you take) If I were Mayor of New York City, HERR BLOOMBERG’s (SEIG HEIL!) Cigarette taxes would be cut, Tolls would be cut (they make enough money from all the Commuters and thru-travelers anyway), Bus and Subway fares would be lower Ditto Commuters, who pay thru the nose for Public Transit anyway), and do away with the MetroCard system, going back to the Token coins (Last two times I was there, spent Metrocards were littered EVERYWHERE!)….And that’s just the start! I LOVE NEW YORK, but there’s always room for improvement.. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Oh, if only there were a law against , no one would ever do it.

  • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    @ever_plus misundertands why it happened. Economic status has nothing to do with it. The correct comment is “only a progressive would see this as a victory.”

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “If they’re old enough to die for their country, they’re old enough to smoke.”

    A re-working of the familiar phrase employed in the 60’s to argue against raising the drinking age to 21. And we all know how well raising the drinking age (after Vietnam had become a small dot in the rear-view) has worked out, don’t we?

    Trust me, a kid puffing on a cig does less immediate damage right in the moment than booze does. Even second-hand smoke (the results of the dangers of which rival global warming for exaggeration) is nowhere near as fatal as having a DUI kid plow into you at high speed.

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      And I’ve had the handicapped plates for 28 years now to prove it.

      Day one … get in car; day 21 … wake up in ICU. 6 months later … go home.

    • Guest

      and drink. One thing I did love in the 80’s my green card bought me a drink when ever I wanted one. now poor bastages!! Freedom is choosing what you will do. Slavery is having some one choose for you. Libs get that yet. I is why liberty scares liberals crapless!! it forces one to have personal responsibility. Something no lib has ever had.

  • WhoDat

    As if $9+ a pack wasn’t already a deterrent.

    • SpaceRacer423

      Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack during his last visit to NYC,
      but only because it was cheaper and easier to find than tobacco.

      • SpaceRacer423

        My comment was only half joking.
        I honestly wonder whats cheaper per oz in NYC:
        pot which is illegal,
        or tobacco which is legal but heavily taxed?
        .
        I wouldn’t be surprised if it was pot.

    • $29561723

      $9 ? Last I was there it was $15. In Chicago, it was $14. $9 a pack are bootlegger prices.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Actually $10 and change a pack…But that was over two years ago, last time I was there.. Jawamax 8<{D}

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      It is not a deterrent, it is a tax. Still having trouble with economics aren’t you?

      The vast majority of the $9 is a penalty/tax for not choosing to do what someone else tells you to do so they can do stuff they should not be doing and make themselves feel good about taking the freedoms away from a group of individuals they don’t like.

      You know …just like the one on the PPACA. Go away tool boy, nothing you say will ever be based in rational thought.

      Gee, imagine what will happen to the NYC revenue stream. Gee, imagine what will happen to PPACA when the estimated additional millions get dropped by their employers and can’t afford a PPACA policy

      Go away tool boy, nothing you say is even remotely rational. You simply lack the independent reasoning capabilities to realize you are a useful idiot, and nothing more.

      • WhoDat

        Nice reading more into a comment than was needed.

        • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

          No tool boy, it was needed. Your logic contradicts itself on two major issues. This means that you don’t understand either.

          If it high cost is a deterrent, what the hell are the new rates that people are getting hit for on their insurance, something that you have defended rabidly. So what is it, high cost a deterrent or a tax or what?

          http://hotair.com/archives/2013/11/19/woman-cited-by-obama-as-obamacare-success-story-cant-afford-her-new-insurance/

          Keep posting tho … gives me something to do while I am recovering from my surgery.

          • WhoDat

            All I was trying to say with my original comment was that even though a pack of smokes might cost $9+, people still buy them.

            Heal up well.

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            What you are trying to say is wrong. It was never meant to stop people from buying cigarettes. It was meant to take property away from the me to pay for other things and claim that it was “meant for their own good”.

            Only a fool believes a tax is meant as a deterrent. No tax has ever been a deterrent.

  • libsmakemelaugh

    Only the cool kids smoke.

    • Chris

      “If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis”. Sorry, when I read that it gave me a Billy Madison flashback.

      • libsmakemelaugh

        I forgot to add “except for obama”

        • Chris

          Yeah, well, I wish someone had forgotten to add him to the ballot last time!!

  • spaceycakes

    As a smoker, I’ll never understand what this rationale is.

    • Chris

      As a non smoker, me either. I dont get it. I never have. Its just like the what you can and cant eat. If I want a big, fat raw steak, by golly, I am going to eat a big fat raw steak. I understand that some people dont like smoke in their restaurant etc. but trying to tell someone they cant, too far man, too far.

  • affenhauer

    Who’s the chick on the far right? Wouldn’t mind being the top button on *her* blouse!

  • arttie

    I admit to being a rabid non-smoker, but where will the tax dollars come from when hardly anyone smokes?

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You, of course. And other taxpayers. When all the smokers quit or die, all the agencies and programs won’t be going away.

      Which was why ALL of this rabid obsession with anti-smoking was moronic from day one.

    • $29561723

      LOL. I wish more people asked themselves that. Just like “fuel efficiency standards” and CAFE. Hybrids allowed in HOV lanes. Guess what? More people bought fuel efficient cars and use HOV lanes in carpools. Less gas was purchased, generating fewer taxes. GOvernment won, right? They reduced pollution, carbon footprint, blah blah blah.Nope. Now they want to put GPS trackers in the cars to raise the same tax revenue while tracking your mileage.

      Government never SOLVES a problem. They just create more. Look at Oregon and their odometer scam (coming to a state near you).

      NYC will simply raise income taxes as fewer people smoke. Like miles driven taxes, speed trap cameras, and now this, it’s never about safety. It’s about revenue. Anyone telling your different is full of sh|t.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    “Today, I signed a bill raising the legal age to sell tobacco products to 21, which will further reduce smoking in NYC”

    .@MikeBloomberg There’s a difference between buying and selling, Mr. Nanny. You know all about that, though, don’t you? Esp. in the temple.

    I sell tobacco and alcohol here in Michigan, and you only have to be 18 to sell/serve. I don’t see how this useless law will do anything. Convenience stores and other similar establishments will cut out jobs for young people, getting older people to be cashiers.

  • porgiefirefighter

    Damn, now I will have to wait until I am 21 to smoke tobacco.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Gosh! So glad they did this! Everyone knows teenagers never drink booze or smoke cigarettes before it’s legal!! This will TOTALLY make a difference!

  • $29561723

    honestly, why doesn’t this turd just make cigarettes illegal?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    SEIG HEIL, HERR BLOOMBERG! Banning things nobody-NOBODY-wants banned is bad Political Karma, and as for Mayor of New York City.. I’d rather have RUDY back! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • liberalssuck

      Dang all this talk of Nanny has me wanting a 44oz of Mountain Dew!! I think I will go grab one take a picture and see if I can get ole nanny a hemorrhage when I post it to his fb page, lol

  • HanaFiveO

    And the stupid parade continues.

    Cue, ATF to start monitoring liquor stores and start doing underage tobacco purchase stings, instead of chasing illegal firearms.

    • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ATF doesn’t chase illegal firearms, they sell them to Mexican drug cartels.

      • HanaFiveO

        No, they force the gun stores to do it for them.

        • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          True, but, “at this point, what difference does it make?”

          • HanaFiveO

            A lot. A government agency requiring a business to knowingly commit a felony for political gain.

            As Biden would say; Its a big farking deal.

            BTW, those guns started showing up at crime scenes here too.

          • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Sorry, my point is that the results are the same. Guns in the hands of Bad Guys because of a Fed Agency.

            Not surprising. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Bloomy sponsored a similar scheme in NY to get guns to the gangs, to justify further gun laws.

          • HanaFiveO

            OK, I see that now. My bad.

            Im a little fuzzy today, threw my back out sneezing last night and Im on my happy pills today.

          • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Hopefully you’re feeling better today and I’m sure I don’t want to know what could make you sneeze that hard.

          • HanaFiveO

            Thanks genes, a little better today, thank you for asking. I have some chronic back issues and it doesn’t take much.
            There is a tropical flower that blooms here once a year when the moon is full. I forget what its called, but its a member of the oleander family and I am allergic to it. I get those big pile-on sneezes and the muscle spasms start in my back and its all down hill from there.

  • Sakemoto

    NYC will need 16,000 new “agents” to implement the new law. Or something.

    • Dan Snelson

      that is okay the new communist Mayor will be all over that

  • cmerlo1

    Because, historically, government bans have always worked. Especially that one in the 20’s on alcohol.

  • jabberwocky

    What will all the young Rich Hollywood Stars do when they go to by Cigs in NYC?

  • Dan Snelson

    lower the amount of smoking? we all have our fantasies, mine tend toward Victoria Secrets models, but whatever floats your boat Bloomberg

  • Dan Snelson

    what? wait, just re-read that. You have to be 21 to SELL tobacco, does not stop BUYING tobacco? congrats to creating more unemployment for NEW YORK youth

  • Macharius

    Does that mean a, for example, a 19 year old store worker couldn’t legally sell himself a pack of cigs to smoke during his break?

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    More proof you can be stupid and still get rich and having money doesn’t make you smart…

  • Adam Johnson

    I used to do loss prevention security. Every time you raise the price, (or in this case the age to legally purchase) all you do is increase the number of kids shoplifting their cigarettes. Adults too. But in this case, expect a lot of 18-20 year olds shoplifting smokes because they can’t legally buy them now.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Doesn’t NYC take in something like 6 or 7 dollars for each pack sold? Is Bloomy going to make up the lost revenue himself? Or just raise fees and taxes on the Middle-class?

    • HanaFiveO

      He can raise other taxes to make up the difference. Im guessing tolls will go up in about 6 months.

  • SupplyGuy

    The greatest thing about our democracy is you get what you voted for. At least the peasants under Stalin and Mao couldn’t be blamed for what the commies did to them, unlike NYers. Just wait until Blaiso has had a few months, they’ll be looking back at Bloomberg w/ such fondness. Idiots.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Liberals are cool with mayors who smoke crack, but not cigarettes.

  • padeeya

    I wouldn’t complain about Bloomberg, wait till you get that new one.

  • King Leer

    Proposed Constitutional Amendment :
    The Right to vote shall be attained only by those of the greater age of legal drinking, smoking, non-parental insurance age of their respective State residence.

  • King Leer

    I guess those studies that show smokers are a net benefit to society and actually have fewer health care costs over their lifetime are of no use to Nanny Bloom.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Since civilization advances fastest when success is delivered with least sacrifice, and thus least merit, merit is near useless to consider.

  • BurtMichaels

    How come no one is talking about that button?…and yeah, there’s some guy with a pen.

  • radicallyalyssa

    So, does this mean that teenagers in New York will have an even harder time finding work? Lots of teens work at gas stations, convenience stores, and grocery stores…

  • ScottyG

    21 what? Individual people? 21 packs? Define 21 you moron.