From: The Weekly Standard
Research shows a correlation between the rise of vaping and a decrease in smoking.
When former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in public parks, it made logical sense from a certain autocratic urban-beautification standpoint. Who wants tobacco smoke stinking up their stroll along the Lilac Walk? I grumbled at the time, but the prohibition, which was followed two years later by more anti-smoking measures, at least bore some semblance to reason. The same cannot be said for his successor’s bouquet of punitive policy proposals, which combine a tax on tobacco with a cap on e-cigarette retailers in the five boroughs.
Progressive mayor Bill de Blasio, with these new regulations, would secure for the city of cities a distinction that many assumed it held: the most expensive pack of cigarettes in the nation at $13. But the most important—–and least logical—–of these measures is a a licensing mandate and cap on the number of e-cigarette retailers.