On Facebook Walt has been reporting on new antismoking legislation passed by NYC city council. This from the Health Committee chair:
Despite all the progress our City has made in curbing smoking, tobacco use kills an estimated 12,000 New Yorkers a year. In the United States, smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or 443,000 deaths per year.
This is not acceptable.
Today the NYC Council Committee on Health, which I chair, passed a package of legislation that will further curb tobacco use and second hand smoke in New York City. These bills will be voted on tomorrow by the full Council.
Introduction 1544-B, sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson, would establish a 10% tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes, with proceeds being directed to public housing. It would also establish minimum prices and minimum package sizes for tobacco products other than cigarettes, and increase the minimum price for a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13.
Introduction 1547-A, sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander, would cap the number of cigarette and tobacco retailers at half the number at the time it goes into effect. This bill would also expand the cigarette retail dealer license to cover all tobacco products, requiring the license for the sale of these products.
Introduction 1131-B, sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
Introduction 1471-A, sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson, would increase the fee for a license to sell cigarettes from $110 for the two-year license to $200.
Introduction 1532-A, sponsored by Council Member Fernando Cabrera, would institute a licensure requirement for any store wishing to sell electronic cigarettes, and cap the number of electronic cigarette dealers at half the current number.
Introduction 484-A, sponsored by Council Member James Vacca, would expand the existing prohibition on smoking and use of e-cigarettes in common areas of apartment buildings with ten or more units to include apartment buildings with fewer than ten units.
Introduction 1585-A, sponsored by Council Member Ritchie Torres, would require the owners or boards of rental, co-op, and condo multiple dwellings to establish a smoking policy for their building.
These new measures will save thousands of lives.
I tripped over the first two words – “Dear friends” – as I wondered whether the “chair” was actually addressing “friends” who were in any way “dear” to it. It seemed more likely that it was addressing a bunch of mafia thugs who were trying to put together a new protection racket. Or maybe extend an existing racket.
In fact the racket is pretty straightforward. They’re going to raise the price of tobacco products by 25%. And halve the number of licensed tobacco sales outlets. And double the license fee. And they’re extending licensing to e-cigarettes. The result should be an increase in money collected by the
council mob running NYC. And it’s all going to be milked from the wallets of New Yorkers. It was a measure designed to slowly strangle the tobacco trade in NYC. All justified by the “estimated” 12,000 New Yorkers killed by their smoking habit.
I can only suppose that much the same thing is being done with other businesses in NYC, as the mob in government demands ever higher taxes, licence fees, upon an ever-widening range of products.
And I imagine
Council Made Members Corey Johnson, Brad Lander, Fernando Cabrera, James Vacca, and Ritchie Torres all walk with a swagger, and wear well-cut suits and Rolexes and gold bracelets and two-tone patent leather shoes, and are ferried around NYC in chauffeur-driven limos accompanied by their equally expensively-dressed gangsters’ molls. And they were probably all elected by illegal immigrants bussed in from Mexico for the purpose, and kept on government benefits in order to re-elect them next year, and the year after. And the mayor – who used to be Michael Bloomberg – is just the boss of bosses of all the crime families in New York City.
And they’re slowly killing New York City in exactly the same way as other crime families are killing San Francisco and other large US cities, sucking them dry, driving out businesses and residents with their ever-mounting taxes.
I seriously doubt whether any New Yorkers at all are being killed every year by their smoking habit, never mind 12,000 of them. But it’s just as much an essential part of the racket as the illegal immigrants. It’s probably a number generated by the Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs SAMMEC computer model in which
The smoking-attributable fraction (SAF) is a critical calculation for the SAMMEC application. The SAF is used to calculate Smoking-Attributable Mortality (SAM) for 19 smoking-related diseases. The SAF is calculated using sex-specific smoking prevalence and relative risk (RR) of death data for adult current and former smokers age 35 and over. Infant mortality SAFs are calculated using maternal smoking prevalence and RR of death estimates for four perinatal conditions caused by smoking. The SAFs for each disease and sex are derived using the following formula:
SAF=[(p0 + p1(RR1) + p2(RR2))-1]/[p0 + p1(RR1) + p2(RR2)]
p0 is the percentage of adult never smokers in the study group (in this case,
Massachusetts residents), or with the maternal and child health calculations, the
percentage of maternal nonsmokers in the study group.
p1 is the percentage of adult current smokers in the study group, or with the maternal child health calculations, the percentage of maternal smokers in the study
p2 is the percentage of adult former smokers in the study group. This figure does not apply to maternal child health calculations.
RR1 is the relative risk of death for adult current smokers relative to adult never smokers, or with the maternal and child health calculations, the relative risk of death for infants of maternal smokers relative to infants of maternal nonsmokers.
RR2 is the relative risk of death for adult former smokers relative to adult never smokers. This figure does not apply to maternal child health calculations.
Fill in the numbers for p0, p1, p2, RR1, RR2, and crank the handle, and out will trickle some number that can be used to show that exactly 12,341 New Yorkers died of smoking-attributable deaths per annum. The same programme could just as easily be used to generate doughnut-attributable or custard-attributable or grapefruit-attributable deaths. In fact it probably actually is being used for exactly that purpose.
And it’s all planned and organised and calculated and managed by Friends Of Ours.
And that’s why the chair referred to them as “friends.”
Perhaps it was a mistake for the chair to have named several of those “friends of ours”? For there might come a day when Corey Johnson, Brad Lander, Fernando Cabrera, James Vacca, and Ritchie Torres are all in a court somewhere facing multiple RICO charges, and very long prison sentences – maybe even the electric chair.
Unless of course the judges are “friends of ours” as well.