New Law Will Make it Illegal for People to Walk and Smoke at the Same Time
New York lawmakers are considering a bill that will make it illegal for anyone within the city limits to walk and smoke at the same time. Seriously.
York, NY — Currently, within the city of New York, it is against the law to smoke a cigarette on mass transit, in public restrooms and restaurants, businesses, libraries, sports arenas and gyms, zoos, bars, and parks, and a myriad of other places. These smoking bans are upheld by police who enforce them and they can and will use extreme force to make sure you comply.
Now, however, lawmakers want to have police go after people who dare to smoke and walk at the same time. On Thursday, a Queens Democrat proposed legislation to the New York City Council to ban smoking while walking. Seriously.
“In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize that smoking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to breathing in the fumes,” City Councilman Peter Koo said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a smoker while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to smoke, stand off to the side. People can easily walk past you. But if you’re smoking and walking down the sidewalk, you’re forcing the people behind you to breathe it in.”
While no one is advocating for innocent bystanders to be forced to breathe in someone else’s cigarette smoke as they walk down the sidewalk, the answer to stopping it is certainly not going to be found in the police state.
However, this country appears to be unable to solve problems without using the force of the state.
As it stands, New York already has some of the strictest anti-smoking laws in the country for which police officers will already go after you for and banning smoking while walking will put it over the top.
To those who may be considering supporting this legislation because they get aggravated when they smell smoke, consider the following scenario.