Bill de Blasio’s efforts to raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes to $13 is just another example of the progressive impulse to control the lives of constituents.
From background checks to buy ammo, to banning plastic bags and taxing cigarettes, California’s sanctimoniousness really shone through this year.
The FDA recently reported there are minimal health risks associated with smoking two cigars a day. That didn’t stop them from issuing draconian regulations against the American cigar industry.
The FDA’s new regulations will destroy 99 percent of an industry that offers an option the Royal College of Physicians finds is 95 percent safer than cigarettes.
Smoking is dangerous and gross, but the government should not ban it from private establishments.
The Eric Garner case is a reminder that government is force, and more government equals more force.
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