At this rate, New York City is going to run out of vices before it sees another mayor.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced new city legislation that would force retail stores to keep cigarettes out of customers' sight, hidden behind curtains or in drawers -- a see-no-evil, smoke-no-evil approach for the mayor known for making everyone else's health the government's business.
“New York City has dramatically lowered our smoking rate, but even one new smoker is one too many – especially when it’s a young person,” Bloomberg said in a statement Monday. “Young people are targets of marketing and the availability of cigarettes, and this legislation will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking.”
Bloomberg's third-term administration is still smarting from a judge's rejection of his plan to ban super-sized sugary drinks last week, on the grounds that the administration had exceeded its authority by unilaterally implementing the rule rather than going through the City Council.