New York City to become healthier

I’m happy for every person in this photo.

And here’s why:

New York City on Wednesday moved a step closer to ban smoking in parks, beaches and other outdoor public spaces, amid grumbling that the city government may have gone too far in its war on salt, fat and smoke.

The city council voted 36 to 12 in favor of the smoking restrictions, extending an existing ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he would sign the bill, and it would come into effect 90 days later.

This is excellent news. But for all the paranoid people out there, don’t worry. It’s a cigarette ban. Your rights haven’t suddenly vanished in some apocalyptic march of anti-freedom; the skyscrapers will still stand:

You can still drive the streets:

And you can still visit your museums:

You just can’t poison other people as often is all.

4 Responses

  1. For those interested, you won’t find Waldo in that first picture, but there is a girl in a bikini. And where else will you find that on the Internet?

  2. In Soviet Russia, cigarette smokes you!

  3. People are banned in most Soviet parks and beaches.

  4. Bans are banned in most Soviet parks and beaches.

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