Enquête rookverbod New York

Een overgrote meerderheid, tweederde van de New Yorkers vindt dat zowel de burgemeester van New York als de gouverneur van de staat New York te ver zijn gegaan met de algemene rookverboden. De meerderheid wil dan ook dat de wetten aangepast gaan worden. Slechts 28% vond dat de huidige wetten konden blijven zoals ze zijn.


The still-secret survey, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, shows that nearly 68 percent of all New York state voters – and 63 percent of city voters – say the controversial anti-smoking ban is too severe.

New Yorkers of all ethnicities agree that the ban went too far: blacks, 78 percent; Hispanics, 68.4 percent; and whites, 66.4 percent;

They also agree it went too far by sex: men, 70.7 percent, and women, 64.5 percent. They even agree it went too far by political orientation: Democrats, 63.8 percent; Republicans, 67.9 percent; independents, 75.3 percent.

And even nonsmokers agree it went too far.

A whopping 62 percent of nonsmokers said the law is too harsh.

The poll, conducted by the nationally renowned firm of McLaughlin & Associates, found two out of three voters say Pataki and state lawmakers should modify the law to permit – at the very least – some smoking in bars, nightclubs and lounges.

Just 28 percent said they wanted the current law left the way it is.

The poll – the first to become public since the smoking ban took effect – was commissioned by the state Conservative Party. 

New York Post artikel

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    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland

  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

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    Coun. Bill Clement

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  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
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    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH