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Pass the antismoking bill

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:30 am

Only fools and hopeless addicts smoke cigarettes. And that includes the so-called social smokers who might light up after a few drinks and not do it again for a week, because guess what —many of them wake up one day and find they’re hooked.

It’s a deadly addiction. As has long been said, cigarettes are the only legal product which, when used as directed, will kill you.

It’s a shame that to reduce smoking, smokers have to be turned into pariahs, but society has such a stake in sweeping the habit into the dustbin of history that it’s worth it. And so we find it easy to support Mayor Bloomberg’s latest initiative against smoking: forcing retailers to keep all cigarettes and other tobacco products out of view.

The goal, of course, is to reduce the chance that youngsters will start smoking. The method is to introduce legislation to the City Council — a vast improvement over the big-soda-ban-by-executive-fiat debacle. We understand the concerns of bodega owners that the bill could hurt business, but in this case, they’re selling poison. Let sales fall. Let’s see the Council pass this one unanimously.

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