22 Apr
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Can I make a decision for once?

The New York City council is aiming to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said, “The more difficult it is for [young people] to gain access to tobacco products, the less likely they are to start smoking. The more likely they are to live longer.” This continues the policy against tobacco use in the city. Ten years ago smoking was banned in bars and restaurants and recently there has been a push to conceal tobacco products in stores so children can’t see them. The city has also expanded in other unhealthy habits. They have made selected restaurants place calories on their menus to guilt you to order healthier food items. They have pushed to curb New Yorkers’ usage of salt and sugary drinks. There are ads showing how far you have to walk just to walk-off the soda you just drank. There seems to be a new ad campaign out every week telling subway riders how to live their lives according to the experts in government. Ronald Reagan in a 1964 speech put it this way: “We believe in our capacity for self-government or… we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite… can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” Republicans believe the former, while Bloomberg and Quinn believe the latter.

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