"Smoking or not smoking" is always the first question that we all heard in a restaurant. Thanks to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki that will not longer be true in the state of New York. On March 31, 2003 at 11:59 was the last day to enjoy a cigarette inside restaurants, taverns, bars, and private clubs.
It started a few years ago like a local movement applied just in "The City". Now the Smoke-Free Air Act had become a bill for the entire state, which makes joyful to non-smoking people. On the other hand, people how do smoke are complaining against this law. They do not agree with the cigarette ban, claiming that this law violates their civil rights, among other arguments. The war around the so called "cancer sticks" has started and is far to be over.
The strongest reason for this ban is people's health.
Republican Senator, Charles Fuschillo said: " We passed New York's stated strongest public health policy ever, the health of ten of thousand of employees will improve, it will benefit every New Yorker" In the same way, second hand smoking is also dangerous according to Mayor Bloomberg. He believes that the new law will help people quit and can save an estimate of one thousand lives a year in the city, and that figure, he says, does not even count the smokers but the people who die from illnesses brought on by breathing second hand smoke, especially bartenders and waitress.
On the contrary, A organization called Citizens Lobbing Against Smokers Harassment (CLASH) state in their website that according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that, under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing permissible exposure limits. Similarly,