We Condemn the Politically Correct Attack on New York Citys Nightlife, Including The Anti-Smoking Law sign now


We oppose the citywide and statewide anti-smoking laws that were recently put into law prohibiting smoking in all bars, all clubs, and all lounges, and even pool halls and bowling alleys in both New York City and New York State. We who have signed the petition (both smokers and non-smokers) condemn this blatant violation of civil rights and blatant pandering to political correctness that has corrupted both California and Massachusetts.

Banning smoking makes no sense when the city has its share of tens of thousands of drug addicts that need treatment; the city is still recovering from a recession that threw 210,000 people out of work after 9-11, and the threat of further terrorist attacks has not fully gone away. All these factors hurt the citys inhabitants much more extensively than second-hand smoke. Smoking is already prohibited in office buildings, public buildings, most indoor theaters, and public transportation lines, and these can stay. But to take the ban to restaurants, bars, clubs, lounges, bowling alleys, and pool halls (even those with adequate ventilation and fire safety standards) just because some weaklings complained about smoky rooms, is completely absurd and unjustified.

We also oppose this prohibition, because it could also encourage the city and state governments, and the politically correct forces backing the current law, to impose other laws against its famous nightlife, requiring strict noise ordinances that are impossible for any establishment to adapt to, limiting capacity at most establishments, effectively strangling them of revenue, and even a shutdown law that could require virtually all establishments to close as early as 1 AM. That means all concerts, musicals, and even restaurants could be forced to shut down right at 1 AM, even earlier. Even the Giuliani Administration crackdown on nightlife began only after people began overdosing on Ecstasy and other drugs, and club owners did nothing to stop it.

Such restrictive laws could constrict New Yorks famous nightlife and turn it into another clone of both Boston and Los Angeles, where virtually all establishments must close after 2 AM, sometimes 1 AM, there is virtually nothing, not even restaurants, to go to at those times, and where all retail places (except 7-Elevens) must shut down after 10 PM . This has the effect of stifling the city economy by limiting the number of night jobs available and driving away customers, restricting the creation of more vital jobs in a time when NY is still recovering from 9-11, is suffering a cruel budget deficit, and overburdening our police officers and firemen and health officials who are on high alert for more terrorist attacks and the possibility of a rise in crime.

New York is not Albany, its not Boston, and its not Los Angeles. It should be none of these three. Thus we call upon the New York City and New York State Governments to re-examine these absurd laws, rescind them as soon as possible, go back to the original restrictions (which work very well), and help keep it from becoming another 9-to-5 Boston clone.

Note: The person who created this petition is a non-smoker.

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Latest Signatures

  • 18 November 2015150. Carolanne S
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker I believe its our choice if we want to smoke. When we smoke, we know what risks we are taking; Preventing people to smoke in bars or taverns in New York State won't help do much of anything; if anything it will increase the a
  • 16 November 2015149. David S
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 2015148. Myra M
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 2015147. David C
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker Have a "Smoking License" instead - Freedom of Choice
  • 03 October 2015146. Cecilia D
    I support this petition
  • 03 October 2015145. Jason G
    I support this petition
  • 02 October 2015144. Mark R
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker Whats next--no sex!!1
  • 25 September 2015143. David Lk
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Non-smoker none
  • 23 September 2015142. Christopher L
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? SMOKER Just another example of BIG government doing my thinking for me....just great.
  • 18 September 2015141. Michael P
    %#@&*%
  • 15 August 2015140. Gaynell Jones
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? SMOKER i'm a smoker and even if i wasn't i DO NOT want the goverment telling me what i can and cannot do. i would love to visit places like New York and California but think twice about it because if the smoking bans they have. this
  • 04 August 2015139. Dennis B
    I support this petition
  • 03 August 2015138. Danica Rodriguez
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker What a bunch of bull. Whether i am a smoker or non smoker, this law is a joke. I am not a resident of NY, but of PA, and this state is a joke too. I am waiting for it to happen here too.
  • 23 June 2015137. Ben M
    I support this petition
  • 22 June 2015136. Rennah R
    I support this petition
  • 11 May 2015135. Laurell Lt
    I support this petition
  • 30 April 2015134. Theresa Baxter
    I've already signed another petition, and I'll say the same here...If this smoking ban for bars, clubs, etc. is not overthrown, smoking in our cars and on sidewalks will be illegal too! I think New York has some bigger problems than smoking cigarettes. (D
  • 14 April 2015133. Pilip Apharkerx
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? NON-ADDICT....and NON-NICOTINE-CARTEL-PUPPET! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 09 April 2015132. Jenna A
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker This law restricts our rights and our freedom regardless if we are smokers or not...There are plenty of places where a non-smoker can go, so if they choose to go to an establishment with smokers, that's THEIR choice...Why do
  • 23 March 2015131. Paul Es
    I support this petition
  • 19 March 2015130. Linda Weeks
    I support this petition
  • 17 March 2015129. Erik Dillon
    I support this petition
  • 15 March 2015128. Tyler Ab
    I support this petition
  • 19 February 2015127. Catherine K
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2015126. Frank R
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 2015125. Pilip Apharkerx
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? NON-ADDICT....and NON-NICOTINE-CARTEL-PUPPET! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 31 December 2014124. Daniel J
    Smoker or Non-Smoker? Smoker concerned citizen

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Olive WrightBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
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New York City and New York State Governments

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